Lalor Responds to Cuomo’s State of the State

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor


For Immediate Release

January 9, 2012

Contact Chris Covucci (845) 309-2654

Statement on the State of the State Address From Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I-Fishkill)

On jobs: “The top three priorities for the governor in 2013 should be jobs, jobs and jobs. For years, Albany’s unending taxes and regulations have driven job creators out of the state. The result is that the Mid-Hudson region has been hit hard by the loss of jobs, especially in manufacturing and technology.”

“We need to completely eliminate the MTA payroll tax.  It still hits large companies and drives jobs away from the Mid-Hudson Valley; jobs we desperately need.  We need to roll back unfunded mandates that are driving up local taxes, even after the property tax cap.  Governor Cuomo has had success in the last two years, but we are still on an unsustainable path. We are running out of time to turn things around and 2013 is the time for serious reform.”

On the Second Amendment:  “The governor and others are politicizing the tragedy in Newtown to advance their anti-Second Amendment agenda.  We need to take a real look at school safety and our state’s mental health services, not declare war on the Second Amendment.  But, the governor’s proposals are not about making kids safe, they are about a political agenda.   The Journal News did not go after ‘assault weapons,’ the paper chose to target and intimidate handgun owners.  It is clear that this is a wide, sweeping attack on the Second Amendment.  I will oppose attempts to infringe on our Second Amendment rights.  We need to work to keep our kids safe and we cannot let the governor play politics with safety.”

On taxpayer-funded political campaigns: “Taxpayers should not be forced to fund politician’s ambitions with taxpayer-funded campaigns. Albany politicians have too many perks all ready.  We cannot allow them to vote themselves taxpayer dollars for their campaigns.” On education: “I have spoken with superintendents and administrators and they say that the biggest issue facing schools is unfunded mandates.  They are squeezing schools and making them insolvent.  If we can’t get it under control it could break the schools’ backs. New Yorkers deserve better schools and unfunded mandates get in the way.”

On the minimum wage: “New York’s failing economy is already hard on small businesses, mandating more costs for them with a minimum wage hike could break their backs.  This is nothing more than an unfunded mandate on small businesses. Study after study shows that increasing the minimum wage hurts the very people you are trying to help because it limits their job opportunities.  New Yorkers will lose their jobs.  There will be less hiring.  Our underemployed young people will find jobs even harder to come by.  And small businesses will be stretched to their limit.”

### Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and founder of the Dutchess County based consulting firm KML Strategies, LLC.  Lalor is the founder of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..


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