Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook – 14th A.D.) today urged fellow lawmakers to vote on comprehensive mandate relief before the end of the 2011 legislative session in order to ease the burden on local governments and taxpayers. Unfunded mandates are costly regulations passed on to local governments and school districts by Albany with no financial help from the state.
“Unfunded state mandates are really hurting our local property taxpayers,” said Curran. “The state has a spending problem and it has repeatedly shifted its high costs to those who can least afford it. This is one of the most important issues that faces New York State today; it is imperative that comprehensive mandate relief is brought to a vote before we adjourn this legislative session.”
According to the New York State Association of Counties, state mandates consume as much as 80 to 85 percent of county-government budgets. Local governments and school districts have passed numerous budget cuts in order to counter the cost of these unfunded mandates.
“Unfunded mandates get passed on from the state to the local government and then directly to the taxpayers. It has to stop. Passing mandate relief must be a priority in the remaining days of this legislative session because Long Island’s property taxpayers cannot wait any longer,” said Curran.