Rabbitt Comments On State Of The State
A Statement from Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,I,C-Greenwood Lake)
January 4, 2012
All in all, the governor addressed some very vital concerns in his State of the State address today: education, campaign finance reform and energy development are some major issues facing our state and substantial action in these areas is long overdue. However, as engaging as the speech was, my initial reaction is to ask “How are these programs being funded? Who is going to pay the bill?” The answer, of course, as always is that the people of our state will be asked to foot the bill. In these very difficult economic times homeowners are struggling, businesses are struggling, and now, thanks to a reduced tax base, flood damage and a property tax cap, local governments and schools are struggling. While I do believe there is a time and place to make strategic and smart investments, I believe first and foremost we must cut government spending, reduce the size of government and allow New Yorkers to keep more of their hard-earned money in their own pockets in order to pay their mortgages, keep their jobs and put their kids through school. If Albany continues to spend, spend, spend, then we are not being responsible as, surely, Albany will have to ask the people to yet again pay a bill they can ill afford.
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