Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) today met with Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss some of the upcoming budget challenges facing the state during these tough economic times. During the meeting, McLaughlin had an opportunity to express the real frustration felt by Upstate residents.
“Governor Cuomo and I are on the same page when it comes to what needs to be done in Albany: redesign, recalibrate, and reform broken state government,” said McLaughlin. “New York’s mounting fiscal woes need to subside, and by working with other legislators, county and local leaders, we can begin the rebuilding process. Albany needs to pass a property tax cap while at the same time eliminating unfunded mandates. We cannot have one without the other. It’s time New York works toward a leaner and more efficient state government.”
McLaughlin also had the opportunity to discuss small-business reform with Governor Cuomo, and raised concerns that there was not enough included in the Executive Budget to move New York away from the most unfriendly business climate in the country. Through his experience working closely with local small businesses, McLaughlin could express the difficulty and concern firsthand that these job creators face.
“Small businesses are the economic backbone of our communities. I pressed Governor Cuomo to reduce payroll taxes and corporate income taxes so that consumers keep more of their earnings.
“Let’s provide incentives and give people in our communities both a reason and opportunity to invest in small businesses. I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and my colleagues on these important budget initiatives.”