Raia Statement On Paterson’s Executive State Budget

January 19, 2010

“Read my lips: Governor Paterson raised taxes,” said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport).

“The $134 billion 2010-2011 Executive Budget increases spending $787 million above last year and adds approximately $1 billion in taxes, fees, and surcharges at a time when average Long Islanders are struggling to pay their bills and the state’s unemployment rate hovers just below 9 percent. Furthermore, as a member of the Assembly Education Committee, I am concerned that the school aid cuts proposed by Governor Paterson will further raise local property taxes just as the cost of living in our area is rising faster than the rate of inflation.”

“Governor Paterson’s state budget taxes too much and provides too little in the way of economic development for hard-working Long Island residents. With unemployment still high and the economic road ahead an uncertain one, Governor Paterson needs to find better ways to improve our state and save taxpayers money in the bargain. He can begin by cutting his massive budget proposal down to three simple words: jobs, jobs, jobs.”