Assemblyman James N. Tedisco (R,I,C-Schenectady/Saratoga) today announced that he was encouraged by certain New Yorkers’ call for no new taxes in this year’s state budget. These New Yorkers today issued a press release and drafted letters to legislators asking them to commit to voting against any new taxes and any new tax and fee hikes. They also warned legislators that they would be closely monitoring their budget votes. Tedisco welcomed the news as a boost to his “2010 New York State Tax-free Budget Pledge.”
“Responsible stewardship of the state’s finances and looking out for the state’s working families should not be a political issue,” said Tedisco. “I applaud these New Yorkers, who stood with me when I introduced the tax-free budget pledge, for turning up the heat on New York’s state leaders.”
At a January press conference, Tedisco joined other legislators and members of the business community in calling for a 2010-2011 state budget that is transparent and does not increase spending or raise state taxes or pass mandates onto municipalities. At the press conference, Tedisco signed a pledge committing to those principles, as did Assemblymen George Amedore, Greg Ball, Tony Jordan, and Pete Lopez. The pledge was also signed by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Assemblymen Jim Bacalles, Mike Fitzpatrick, Cliff Crouch, Joe Errigo and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. The governor and every member of both houses were invited to the press conference and were asked to sign the pledge.
Tedisco said the letters echo his sentiments and emphasize what matters to his constituents. The letter referenced the loss of businesses to tax-friendly states and the general struggle New Yorkers face in the current economic climate. Tedisco agreed that such a commitment against taxes and fees was about trust.
“For too long, elected officials have escaped scrutiny when they say they are against tax hikes in January but then vote in April for irresponsible budgets, like last year’s, which raised taxes and fees by $8.2 billion. As the budget deadline approaches, it’s time to see where the governor and legislators stand. I renew my call for all legislators to say yes to responsible budgeting by signing my pledge.”