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May The 4th Be With You: New York’s Tax Freedom Day

May Fourth this year is significant for New Yorkers; it marks the day taxpayers have worked enough to pay for their portion of state and federal taxes. New Yorkers spend about 30 percent of the year working just to pay taxes. National Tax Freedom...

May 2, 2016
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Economic Development Investment Secured, but More Freedom Needed for Growth

Over the past few weeks, I gave an overview of the state budget and discussed the portions that impact agriculture. This week, I’d like to review some of the economic development investments that I voted for in the budget. Last year, the Mohawk...

April 22, 2016
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Downstate Assembly Majority Sends Mixed Signals To Family Farmers In Budget

Last week, I gave an overview of the budget and how the closed and secretive process resulted in a spending plan that falls short of truly serving the needs of New Yorkers, especially upstate. It was a budget I could not fully support, and I split...

April 15, 2016
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This Budget Is Not What New Yorkers Deserve

Politics has its place. However, as elected officials we are called to serve the people of our state. It’s our job to craft a budget that best serves New Yorkers in the most transparent and open process possible. However, the governor and...

April 8, 2016
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Butler: Despite Some Positives, Budget Falls Short

“This budget was negotiated behind closed doors in secret between the governor and the two legislative leaders and rushed onto our desks without the three-day aging period meant to allow the public, legislators and the press time to properly vet the...

April 1, 2016
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