“If Wednesday evening’s budget resolution is adopted as a final version, the 2010-2011 New York State spending plan will harm Long Island taxpayers with higher property taxes and extra debt,” said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport). “The preliminary measure I voted to oppose – a political document drafted behind closed doors, borrows $1.9 billion this year to finance current overspending, and keeps in place an onerous MTA payroll tax – abandons Suffolk County taxpayers during the worst economic climate since the Great Depression.
“First, school aid cuts totaling almost $123 million for Long Island have been kept in place since Governor Paterson’s executive budget, with some districts on track for an 8% decrease below last year’s state school aid. Next, the 0.34 percent payroll tax on small-business owners, the self-employed, and non-profits used to fund the MTA’s perpetual bailout has been retained thanks to New York City interests and their Albany allies. Last, nothing in the Assembly Majority’s budget resolution combats the structural deficits bankrupting our state. If the final state budget, due on April 1, does not amend these glaring problems, I intend to vote against it and for the rights of Long Island’s long-suffering taxpayers.”