Children’s Book ‘Stick Man’ Comes to Life on TV

Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three, and he's heading on an epic adventure across the seasons. Will he get back to his family in time for Christmas? Based on the book by Julia Donaldson. https://youtu.be/DikJ45aVxFY

Watch on WSKG TV Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 10:30am.  

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State Leaders Predict US Senate’s Tax Bill Even Worse For New York

ALBANY (WSKG) - Now that the US House of Representatives has voted for a tax overhaul plan that some state leaders say will harm New York, the action moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected after Thanksgiving.  Governor Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer and other top state Democrats say the Senate plan is potentially even worse for New York.  The House plan ends the deduction for state and local income taxes, but allows the deduction of property taxes up to $10,000. The Senate bill omits even that limited deduction. Cuomo says New Yorkers will pay more to finance the main portion of the tax overhaul, the reduction in taxes on large companies. “They're using New York as a piggy bank to finance the corporate tax cut. It's disgusting.

$1-Billion Hole Projected For Next Year’s PA Budget

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Pennsylvania is already on track to have a significant budget gap to fill next year. A study from the Independent Fiscal Office shows lawmakers will likely need to come up with about a billion dollars to keep the books balanced. They only just finished this year’s budget, four months behind schedule. It was mostly filled with borrowing, expected revenue from a gambling expansion and a number of internal fund transfers. Much of the money isn’t recurring, and that’s a big reason why the IFO is predicting the state will have to find more cash next year.

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Several New York Interests Decry House Tax Vote

ALBANY (WSKG) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed Thursday by the House of Representatives, saying it will be “poison” to New York. Businesses, school leaders and progressive activists in New York also spoke out against the House vote and the provision to end the state and local tax deduction, saying they will be harmful to state residents. The governor also criticized the tax plan as a corporate giveaway. “This is a federal scam that they are running,” Cuomo said. “They call it a tax cut for the middle class.

Join the #GivingTuesday Movement

Giving Tuesday is a global social event that follows the widely recognized shopping occasions Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday, November 28, will be a day unlike those buying-oriented days right after Thanksgiving. It’s a way to kick off the charitable season--the season of giving. It’s a day dedicated to getting involved in your local community. Whether it’s a donation of your time, money, or voice, we hope everyone will take part and give towards the organizations that are changing the community for the better.

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Last Minute Lobbying Of Congress Members Helps Pass GOP Tax Bill

The mayor of Binghamton texted Southern Tier Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) about his worries with the bill - worries that she shared. But it wasn’t until US Vice President Mike Pence called her Wednesday afternoon that Tenney finally decided to help pass it. The sticking point? The elimination of a state and local tax deduction - or SALT. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to offset the burden of state and local taxes by deducting them on their federal return. It protects against “double taxation."

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How The SALT Deduction Works And Why It Matters In New York

Part of the debate over Republican tax plans in Congress has been a limit to the state and local tax, or SALT, deduction. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to offset the burden of state and local taxes by deducting them on their federal return. It’s been a sticking point in New York. Seven of the state’s nine Republican members of Congress want to keep the deduction. Governor Cuomo and other state Democratic leaders do, too.

Audit Shows PA Legislature Has A $95-Million Surplus

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state legislature has received its yearly audit, which looks at reserves lawmakers keep on hand in case pay for themselves and their staff gets cut off during a budget impasse. This year's review showed a smaller surplus than last year's, with overall legislative reserves decreasing from $118 million and change last year, to around $95 million as of this June. However, the surplus could be significantly bigger than it appears in the report. Lawmakers are often pressured to cut down on their excess cash, particularly in the face of the commonwealth's recent budgeting woes. Cumberland County Representative Mark Keller, the Republican chair of the audit process, said there was some belt-tightening.