Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb
129th Assembly District
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Assemblyman Brian Kolb
Cayuga • Cortland • Onondaga • Ontario • Seneca Counties
District Office: 607 West Washington St., Suite 2 • Geneva, NY 14456 • (315) 781-2030
District Office: 69 South St., • Auburn, NY 13021 • (315) 255-3045
Albany Office: 933 Legislative Office Building, • Albany, NY 12248 • (518) 455-3751

Doug Finch (315) 781-2030
For Release:
April 17, 2009
The Tax Capital of America
Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)

While it probably won't come as a surprise for everyone who just finished paying their taxes, a recent Wall Street Journal editorial called New York the "tax capital of the world" - and for good reason. The $8.2 billion in taxes, fees and other revenue actions imposed by the 2009-10 State Budget will hit middle class families and small businesses especially hard, while further eroding our state's economic competitiveness.

All those taxes and fees means fewer employers looking to New York for locating or expanding their business - and more New Yorkers opting for a less costly state to live in, somewhere government does not penalize their hard work, thrift and initiative.

New York's tax problem came into sharp focus this Wednesday, April 15, a day so many hard-working New Yorkers dread - Tax Day - when they pay for Albany's misplaced priorities. Usually, April 15 comes and goes with little fanfare: New Yorkers pay their taxes and a special interest-dominated Albany continues business as usual.

However, this year saw something different. All across New York, taxpayers fed-up and frustrated with Albany's crushing tax burden took part in "Taxpayer Tea Parties" to express their displeasure. The message from these statewide grassroots events was intended for both political parties: stop the partisan bickering, end the legislative gridlock, and work together to find solutions - not partisan solutions, but real solutions - to solve our tax problem.

Our Assembly Minority Conference and I embrace that message, which is why we are advancing public policies to reverse decades of bad tax policies that have hamstrung our economy and resulted in millions saying a new state slogan: "I Leave New York."

Specifically, some of our Conference's legislative solutions for delivering real tax relief include:

These are just some of the bi-partisan solutions our Conference is working to achieve so New York will again be known as the capital of commerce, not high taxes.

As always, constituents wishing to discuss this topic, or any other state-related matter, should contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, or e-mail me at

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