Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: The “People’s House” Needs To Focus On Getting People Back To Work And Reducing Costs On Taxpayers, Not Passing More Unfunded Mandates

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
January 12, 2010

“Today marked the first full day of the 233rd session of the State Legislature and, instead of enacting a plan to get the more than 800,000 New Yorkers who are out of work, back to work, or reducing state government’s crushing financial burden on taxpayers, we instead debated and discussed a new unfunded mandate, Assembly Bill A.2565. With nearly one million of our state’s residents unemployed, our Assembly Republican Conference and I believe ‘job one’ must be the creation of more jobs in the private sector. This will not happen through imposing yet another expensive state government mandate onto the backs of New York’s taxpayers, however well intentioned the legislation. We need to encourage private sector job creation through reducing the cost, size and reach of state government, and today’s session missed the mark.”