Assemblyman Kolb Comments on New Governor’s First Executive Budget

January 31, 2007

Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C,I –Canandaigua) stated that he is hopeful this year’s budget process will produce some serious cost savings to taxpayers. “I do like that property taxes will go down and Governor Spitzer’s overall proposal has several ideas worth adopting,” Kolb said shortly after the governor presented his budget.

Among the governor’s proposals is the collection of sales tax from Native American businesses. Kolb noted that this is particularly good news for the many small business owners in the 129th District who have been harmed by the unfair advantage enjoyed by Native American-owned businesses.

“I am committed to hearing what my constituents have to say about the budget,” said Kolb, who will be hosting a series of town-hall style meetings over the next few months. “I look forward to having a dialogue with the residents of my district and will bring their comments back to Albany for input during budget deliberations.”

Kolb did say that he is optimistic there will be some reform this year, though he is concerned that “spending is still above the rate of inflation and New York’s debt load is not being addressed. These areas still need to be tackled.”