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Brian M. Kolb
Assembly District 131
 
My Priorities For Getting New York State Back On The Road To Economic Recovery
Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
January 14, 2011

Serving as the only Legislative Leader in state government that has actually started and run successful private sector companies, trying to communicate the urgent need for New York to grow its private sector – and how it can best do so – with certain policymakers in Albany who have never managed a business or met a payroll has proven extremely challenging. In fact, it is almost as if we are speaking a completely different language!

This is why I keep things relatively straightforward whenever I advocate for public policies to expand the private sector and provide more opportunity and prosperity for all New Yorkers. My approach is to carefully analyze the problems, identify the solutions, develop an action plan that ensures follow-through, and then measure results. That is standard operating procedure for any successful private sector company.

PARTNERS FOR A STRONGER ECONOMY

Thankfully, I am not alone in advocating for common sense policies – such as cutting job-killing taxes and wasteful government spending, delivering mandate relief, cutting bureaucratic red tape, and ending Albany’s one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach to economic development – that will get our economy back on the road to recovery. Our newly expanded Assembly Minority Conference and its important partners – the Business Council of New York State, Inc., National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Unshackle Upstate, the Rochester Business Alliance and other local Chambers of Commerce – join me in this effort.

2011 PRIORITIES FOR A BETTER BUSINESS CLIMATE

Our Assembly Minority Conference has long championed a better business climate, a less costly state government and more private sector jobs for all New Yorkers. We will continue advocating and fighting for each of these agenda items during the new Legislative Session. Specifically, our priorities will include the following:

PRIORITY: REDUCE TAXES & WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT SPENDING

  • Reduce wasteful government spending, cut job-killing taxes and promote fiscal reform to strengthen New York’s financial future;
  • Enact a statewide property tax cap that must include significant mandate relief for local governments and school districts;
  • Impose a state spending cap that limits annual increases in state spending; and
  • Fight for a financially responsible – and on-time – State Budget that includes no new taxes.

PRIORITY: SHRINK GOVERNMENT’S SIZE & COST TO THE TAXPAYER, RESTORE “FISCAL SANITY” TO ALBANY

  • Eliminate New York’s budget deficit by focusing on cutting wasteful government spending first;
  • Reduce the size and cost of the government workforce;
  • Adopt a hard hiring freeze for state and local agencies;
  • Reduce New York State’s debt and reform government’s borrowing practices; and
  • Reform New York’s costly Medicaid program;

GROW NEW YORK’S PRIVATE SECTOR, REBUILD OUR ECONOMY

  • Support economic recovery and a more competitive business climate;
  • Lower the cost of energy in New York State for businesses and consumers, and create a permanent economic development low-cost power program;
  • Create new incentives for capital investment in manufacturing and other priority sectors; and
  • Promote Inner-city/Downtown revitalization and provide R&D tax credits for science and technology.

These are just some of the policy priorities that our Conference is proud to share, and work toward, with partners such as the Business Council, NFIB, Unshackle Upstate, Rochester Business Alliance and other regional Chambers of Commerce who support the goal of a stronger business climate, more private sector jobs and a better quality of life for all New Yorkers.

As always, constituents wishing to discuss this topic, or any other state-related matter should contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, or e-mail me at kolbb@assembly.state.ny.us. You also can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and informational updates regarding state government and our Assembly Minority Conference.

 
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