The people of Albany County, who have seen their county property taxes soar in the past few years, deserve at the very least some manner of forward progress. Even if the proposal is defeated, it would be a victory for progress because that would give policymakers a direction to move in. At the moment, as in so many moments before it, the legislature appears all but paralyzed by virtue of the fact there is no clear consensus.
The interesting thing about governing is not all of the decisions will be easy, like issuing a taxicab passenger bill of rights or regulating electronic cigarettes. The decisions that matter will rarely be unanimous.
What is important is that forward progress be made and a decision reached. And in our system of government, that is done from the parliamentary floor. Hopefully, we’ve made it to that point in Albany County.