For immediate release:
DI CARLO RIPS GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATORS: NEW YORK HAS WORST TAX CLIMATE IN NATION
This morning the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group based in Washington, D.C. issued their 2013 edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index. New York ranked dead last at #50, losing two places since 2011. This report yet again demonstrates the continued downward trend in the business climate in NY.
The Index states, “Despite moderate corporate taxes, New York scores at the bottom this year by having the worst individual income tax, the sixth-worst unemployment insurance taxes, and the sixth-worst property taxes. The states in the bottom 10 suffer from the same afflictions: complex, non-neutral taxes with comparatively high rates.’’
Said Di Carlo, “The truth has come out that, despite Republican State Senators shameful complicity in promoting Governor Cuomo’s 2011 budget fiasco as a tax decrease, the ‘December Deception’, was, in fact, a tax increase. Senator Saland and his fellow Republican caucus members lied to the voters by saying they enacted a tax cut to middle class families while not raising taxes. The Tax Foundation exposed the “December Deception”as a TAX INCREASE, exactly as I have been telling people for months.
In addition, Senator Saland, Governor Cuomo and the Republican caucus advocates the same re-distribution of wealth policy as does President Obama. Yet, they even do that poorly. Campaign fliers by Saland and Republican candidates statewide boast of a middle class tax cut, but failed to tell voters that of the $2.6 billion tax increase, a meager $3.80 a week per person was ‘redistributed’. Senator Saland publicly celebrated this re-distribution in his infamous socialist whine about taxing “perhaps 16,000” before the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce Forum.”
It is plain as day: Senator Saland is clearly part of the problem, not the solution. How else can anyone explain the 32 years he has been in office and the corresponding 30 year decline of NY state, culminating in the worst tax climate in the country? How can anyone explain his absurd statements in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 7, 2012:“..the state’s future is looking brighter” and “More remains to be done, but from the looks of things, real progress is being made and we’re on the path to economic recovery.” If we are experiencing Saland’s “progress” as we settle to the bottom of the economic trash barrel, it’s time to throw him, and his progress, out. My mailers bluntly tell the truth. I will represent the people of the Hudson Valley not the Republican Caucus. When you abandon conservative policies for liberal policies, New York State loses.”
Zachariah A. Chichester