Raia Signs Pledge Not To Raise Taxes

Lawmaker stresses fiscal discipline after Paterson’s $134B budget proposal
January 25, 2010

Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) today announced his pledge to the people of Long Island that he would not vote for a budget which raises state taxes, fees or surcharges on New Yorkers. The non-partisan pledge is meant to send a message to Albany’s “three men in a room” in light of Governor David Paterson’s massive new $134 billion proposed budget. The legislator also reiterated his support for legislation that reduces state spending and shrinks the size of state government without passing on burdensome unfunded mandates to counties, towns, school districts, and businesses.

“Long Islanders cannot bear any more taxes,” said Raia. “Taxes, fees and surcharges lower productivity. High taxes drive people and businesses out of our state. I have taken the 2010 Tax-Free Budget Pledge in order to send a message to the career politicians in Albany. The people of the Empire State will not stand by while you force irresponsible levels of spending and billions in new taxes through the legislature.”

Paterson’s 2010-11 Executive Budget proposes to increase state spending amidst a nearly $7.5 billion deficit and nine percent unemployment. Total taxes, fees and surcharges within the budget are estimated at $1 billion.