McLaughlin Cautiously Optimistic About Cuomo’s Plan; More Is Needed To Right The Ship For Taxpayers

January 5, 2011
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) today reacted to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, calling it promising for the taxpayers of New York. While Cuomo discussed at length his personal commitment to lowering taxes, reining in spending, and combating the state’s ethical woes, McLaughlin noted there are many issues of critical importance that need greater attention.

“The residents of the 108th district have been subjected to a circus in Albany for the last four years,” said McLaughlin. “While I support the governor in instituting a 2 percent property tax cap on all New York property owners, his plan needs additional concrete proposals for how the legislative bodies of the state will cut state spending and reenergize the private sector. Governor Cuomo also identified that New York has the worst business climate in the country, and Albany needs to make this a top priority of change.

“With the state facing tough economic challenges, the previous legislature voted for budgets that increased spending and placed burdensome mandates on our local governments. As legislators, we cannot just cap spending - we need to cut it. We cannot continue to allow the size of our state government to grow.

“I’ve pledged to vote against any tax or fee that would be imposed on New York taxpayers and small businesses. Reining in spending, creating a property tax cap for property owners, and creating a healthy and sustainable private sector are my three focal points for this legislative session. We cannot right the ship for New York taxpayers until the governor and legislature address these issues.”