Skelos Says Bring Monserrate Vote To Senate Floor

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Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said Democrats shouldn’t delay bringing on a vote to the Senate floor on the future of Sen. Hiram Monserrate, D-Queens.

Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson, D-Brooklyn, said earlier today that he wants to review the case further and talk with the Democratic conference before having any vote on whether to censure or expel Monserrate, which were the recommendations from a special Senate panel earlier this month.

“The task force has made a recommendation that the Senate vote on either censorship or expulsion and quite frankly Senate Sampson should put the resolution out on the floor,” Skelos said. “The task force has spoken and now it’s time for the Senate to make a decision as to whether there should be expulsion or not.”

Senate Republicans today proposed a jobs initiative that would provide businesses a three-year tax credit, averaging between $2,500 and $5,000 for every new job created. They also want a moratorium on any new business taxes and fees and to eliminate the corporate franchise tax on small businesses with less than 50 employees and less than $2 million in net income.

Republicans also proposed phasing-out a year early the personal income tax increase on small businesses, which is set to expire at the end of 2011.

“We all know that the underpinning of job creation is something that no one can dispute, and that is tax cuts,” said Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County.”When governments have cut taxes, they have created jobs.”

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