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Should Nassau Coliseum developer, Bruce Ratner, receive more than $4.4 million in tax breaks?

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According to Newsday, Nassau Coliseum developer, Bruce Ratner, has applied for more than $4.4 million in tax exemptions ($3.37 million is sales tax and $1.1 million in mortgage tax). Those in favor of tax exemptions say Ratner's firm, Forest City, expects to spend $261 million, including $90 million in Chinese investment, to renovate the arena, create jobs and improve the area. Those against the tax breaks feel they are just another example of corporate welfare, and unnecessary for a profitable project.

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Legislature

Do you believe Nassau County's employee wage freeze should be lifted in 2014?

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For the past three years, Nassau County's 7,000-plus employees have had a wage freeze imposed by NIFA (Nassau Interim Finance Authority). The wage freeze was instituted because, in recent years, Nassau County government has had a difficult time balancing its budget. Though Nassau County's sales tax revenue has increased as a result of economic activity due to the cleanup and rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy, county workers' wages have remained frozen. Do you believe the county executive should lift the wage freeze and honor previously negotiated contracts sometime in 2014?

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