“Today’s so-called ‘parks funding’ was nothing more than a stealth tax on small businesses and manufacturers negotiated behind closed doors and without public debate,” said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head).
“Rather than keeping state parks operating through Memorial Day’s unofficial start of summer, the Assembly Majority stalled and vamped, delayed and obfuscated, eventually delivering their jobs-killing legislation to my colleagues and me shortly after 1 a.m. on Friday. The bill taxes New York businesses at a cost of $14 million this year, even though the estimated operating expenses for all state parks is $11.2 million, according to the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
“New York’s parks system is the envy of a nation. With this latest $14 billion bait-and-switch, its state government credibly stakes a claim as that nation’s laughingstock.”