Working toward the passage of the first early state budget in nearly three decades, Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) voted in favor of several budget bills and amendments that would reduce taxes and costs for families, businesses, local governments and school districts in Western New York. The assemblyman and his colleagues sought to remove an onerous tax on utilities, repeal and ban unfunded state mandates, and cap state spending to eliminate Albany’s tax-and-spend mentality.
“Western New Yorkers are ready to lead the state’s economic revitalization,” said Walter. “The best way to do that is to lift the heavy burden that Albany places on its residents and businesses. Homeowners are struggling to pay their property taxes. Businesses are fighting to keep the lights on. Schools and local governments are forced to choose between raising taxes and slashing services. In order to create good-paying jobs, we need to attack these issues head on. We will not continue to kick the can down the road for another day as Albany has done for far too long.”
Walter also supported budget measures that will invest profits from the sale of locally-generated excess power into the region’s economic development initiatives. Walter’s continued advocacy of bullying prevention resulted in a budget measure that will require at-risk children who commit an offense related to cyber bullying to complete an educational program on the serious dangers posed by such harassment.
“As a father who drafted and advanced the first resolution combating cyber bullying in Erie County, it is particularly gratifying to see state government join the fight to end this destructive threat in our community,” said Walter. “Education and awareness are the best tools to protect our children from cyber bullying, and this legislation will help convey to troubled youth that this is not something to be taken lightly.”