Today, over 800,000 New Yorkers are still out of a job, our budget deficit has hit $10 billion, and there are far too many regulations, bureaucratic red tape, and taxes on small businesses preventing the creation of new jobs. New York’s finances are in critical condition, and we must bring this state back to life by restructuring our government and beginning the crucial process of cutting spending and reducing sky-high taxes.
I believe that Governor Cuomo’s budget is a starting point to the changes that must be made in New York. He has taken great strides to begin moving our state in the right direction; however, I want to take some time to carefully evaluate the budget in greater detail to confirm that there are absolutely no increases in taxes before supporting the governor’s proposals.
I have not, nor will I ever, vote for a tax increase on the hard-working people of our state. I will continue to fight to shrink the size of government and lower the tax burden in New York, so that businesses can create jobs instead of leaving our state. I look forward to working together with my legislative colleagues to begin the Empire State’s economic recovery, and I will continue to strive to reform state government.