Spending Control, Coupled With Mandate Relief, Is First Step Toward Reforming Our State’s Property Tax System

A Statement from Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R, C, I – Schoharie)
June 24, 2011
There is no question that the hardworking families, farms and businesses of our state need tax relief. As a longtime advocate for spending control and mandate relief in Albany, I see this as an important first step toward putting New York State back into fiscal balance, even as we focus on the equally important task of growing jobs and building our economy.

With that said, the end-of-session negotiations missed the opportunity to provide real relief from unfunded mandates. For too long, Albany has placed the cost of supporting Medicaid and other programs on the backs of our schools, local governments and employers. Serious relief from these mandates is needed if we are to continue critical local services and ensure high-quality education.

There is more to be done. I will continue working with our partners in local government, educators, homeowners, small businesses and farmers throughout the seven counties I represent to help bring this state back into balance.

EDITORS’ NOTE: A video of Assemblyman Pete Lopez’s remarks regarding his Regional Education and Property Tax Reform Committees can be watched by clicking on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX5_iGU3m1w