The PJ Tatler

New York Cracks Down on Sidewalk Cafes, Texas Cuts Taxes on Businesses

Apparently New York City has solved all of its pressing problems. No one drinks too much soda anymore and new mothers no longer fail to breastfeed their babies as Mayor Bloomberg intended. So the city is moving on to deal with the scourge of rogue sidewalk cafes.

The Department of Consumer Affairs has sent notice to 17 New York restaurants, telling them that that they will have to close their sidewalk seating areas unless they are willing to comply with the city’s zoning regulations.

“Please be advised you have 100 business days from and including May 1 to complete one of the following options,” the agency notified owners on April 29, reported the New York Post. The restaurants were given the options to get a “certified land survey” to show they’re operating on private property, file for a zoning exemption or surrender their permits.

Nice business ya got there…

Down south, us Texas hayseeds will never be as sophisticated as our betters up north. We just keep cutting taxes and making life a little bit less expensive for our citizens.

Texas lawmakers sent Governor Rick Perry more than $1 billion in proposed business tax cuts shortly before the end of the biennial legislative session on Monday.

The tax-cut package – the final piece of which was approved by the House and Senate late on Sunday – includes an extension of a business franchise tax exemption for small businesses and a rate cut for businesses of all sizes.

The Republican-majority legislature also approved about $300 million in electricity rebates.

Perry, a Republican, had called on lawmakers to pass tax relief for businesses.

We sure dodged a bullet by making presidential debates the be all end all of our election process, didn’t we?