I am pleased to inform my constituents that the Lieutenant Governor has agreed to sit down with myself and members of the Assembly Minority Conference to share ideas and openly discuss this year’s budget and, hopefully, the fiscal reality of our state. After years of proposing solutions, including mandate relief, eliminating pork barrel and cutting wasteful spending, it is good to finally be acknowledged by the Executive branch as part of the dialog in negotiating a budget agreement, as well as offering our ideas as part of a solution to create a sound and responsible financial plan.
Furthermore, I would like to assure my constituents and residents across the Hudson Valley that while meeting with the Lieutenant Governor, I will adamantly express to him that our region cannot afford one penny more. The MTA payroll tax needs to be rescinded. Jobs are being lost. We have real problems that need real solutions. We cannot afford to have one more job or resident lost.
While I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working together with the Executive branch, I cannot entertain ideas that increase spending or state debt. We need to make cuts. That will be my message tomorrow and in the coming days: cut the waste because there’s plenty of it.