NYS Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: “2011 Session Achieved Real Progress On Tackling New York’s Challenges; Focus Must Shift To Unfunded Mandate Relief, Creating Private Sector Jobs”
Statement from NYS Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
June 24, 2011
The 2011 Legislative Session achieved real progress on tackling some of New York State’s most pressing challenges. This session we:
- Closed a $10 billion deficit without resorting to tax increases or borrowing;
- Passed an on-time State Budget for the first time in a long time;
- Made the “Power for Jobs” program permanent;
- Reduced spending and began rightsizing state government;
- Enacted a real property tax cap that made a down payment on relief for homeowners;
- Renewed Article X, New York’s expired power plant siting law;
- Implemented a rational SUNY tuition policy to help families better plan for future education costs, while keeping SUNY a national leader in educational excellence; and
- Passed bi-partisan ethics reform.
- Remove Medicaid mandates off the backs of localities;
- Enact defined-benefit, defined-contribution pension reform;
- Pass a state spending cap to ensure Albany lives within its means; and
- Move forward with a true economic development and private sector job creation plan that puts the hundreds of thousands of unemployed New Yorkers back to work.