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June 20, 2011 - John D'Agostino
On the final day of the state legislative session, the hot topic in Albany is gay marriage. Will it be approved or not?
No matter your thoughts on the topic — disagree or agree — there is one reason this option should appeal to New York state: it is revenue. The revenue side of this proposal has not been discussed in many of the articles and opinions on this topic. Instead, it has been about the morality of whether this should be legal.
Morally, we probably should not be drinking or smoking. But none of that is illegal if you are of the age.
Morally, gay marriage is not the norm. However, it is happening elsewhere, whether we like it or not.
Morally, I should not have my property taxed higher because I can see a lake from where I live — aka the "view tax" — but whoever said government — or some of our leaders, including former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, are moral?
Again, revenues are the real picture in this debate. And there probably is a lot for New York state to gain through a marriage tax.
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