Cuomo’s Big Spending Budget

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor

For Immediate Release

January 22, 2013

Contact Chris Covucci (845) 309-2654

Statement on the State of the State Address From Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I-Fishkill): Spend, Spend, Spend, But No Tax Relief


On tax rates: “While governors in other states are looking to eliminate their state income taxes, Governor Cuomo is patting himself on the back for not raising taxes.  If the governor thinks taxes in New York are so high that we need tax-free “hot spots” to attract businesses, why not just lower taxes across the board?  Either New York has a tax rate that works, or it doesn’t.  If we have to give special tax breaks to businesses to come to New York that means our tax rate doesn’t work.  All New Yorkers need tax relief, not just a few companies with political connections.” On spending and funny budget math: “The governor has been playing fast and loose with his accounting.  His last budget has left the state $1.3 billion in the hole and the state is resorting to accounting tricks, like delaying billions in payments to school districts, to keep the books balanced.  The governor can’t keep this sleight of hand going. The money for all of the governor’s new spending proposals has to come from somewhere.  He’s planning on accounting tricks to fill in the gaps”
“For a little while it seemed that Governor Cuomo was serious about reducing spending.  But, the governor thinks that when you save money by making government more efficient it means he has more money to spend on his pet projects.  He has it backwards.  Those savings need to go back to taxpayers.”  On education spending: “Longer school days sound like a great idea, until you’re hit with a big new property tax bill.  New Yorkers are catching on that throwing billions of dollars at education hasn’t given our kids better schools.  We need to look at solutions that don’t involve throwing more money at the problem.”  On the $100 million “Green Bank” giveaway: “For years the government has thrown tax dollars at green energy subsidies.  The result is billions in tax dollars wasted as politically connected green companies like Solyndra go under.  Green energy subsidies have been nothing but a boondoggle for taxpayers.  New York has the opportunity for a real energy revolution with our natural gas resources.  Tapping into our natural gas resources will create jobs and fill government coffers with tax revenue.  Let’s bring jobs to New York with natural gas drilling and take the $100 million from the Green Bank giveaway and start to plug Governor Cuomo’s budget hole with it.” On unfunded mandates: “Allowing local governments to defer their pension obligations is just kicking the can down the road.  We need real and immediate pension reform.  It’s about time that the governor gets serious about the unfunded mandates that have driven property taxes through the roof.  The property tax cap won’t work if we don’t roll back mandates.  Local governments and school districts across the state are teetering on the edge of insolvency.  We need to pass mandate relief now.  We just can’t afford to wait any longer.” 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.  The governor’s hypocrisy on this issue knows no bounds.  One Cuomo donor has exploited loopholes to donate over $500,000 to the governor through a number of dummy corporations.  If he believes campaign finance needs reform he should be a leader and stop accepting that kind of tainted money.”
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 business.  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.  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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