Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I-Greenwood Lake) voted against a series of budget bills presented to lawmakers and voted on this afternoon in Albany. The bills enacted the Public Protection and General Government, and Transportation, Economic Development and Environmental Conservation portions of the state budget, resulting in passage of roughly 70 percent of the state budget.
“New York state is more than $9 billion in debt and, unfortunately, these bills did not address that fact. To date, roughly $2 billion has been cut or found, but with the majority of the budget passed, it appears inevitable that Albany leaders are hinging a balanced budget on the backs of New York state taxpayers,” said the assemblywoman. “I cannot accept measures that add to the property tax burden of residents, hurt our jobs and economy with tax hikes and more red tape, and mortgage our children’s future in New York by adding debt – and that’s exactly what these bills do.”
Furthermore, the assemblywoman was disappointed to see outlined an increase in funding for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). While this funding represents the revenue generated from the payroll tax, the assemblywoman argues the money should be returned to taxpayers, in light of recent questionable expenditures made by the MTA that include large raises for employees already making $100,000 or more annually.
Additionally, a proposal in Assembly Bill 9705-D decreases funding for non-MTA transit services in Rockland County. Specifically, over $120,000 has been decreased from Rockland’s appropriation, leaving a balance of $2.65 million.
Assemblyman Rabbitt stated, “Unfortunately, this week’s proceedings have made it very apparent that legislative leaders have planned all along to balance their budget on the backs of hardworking residents. I will not accept or support proposals that raise taxes, hurt our ability to create jobs, or place our state’s future further in debt.”