McLaughlin Urges Property Tax Cap At Hearing

February 15, 2011
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) recently joined a bipartisan panel of lawmakers for a budget hearing at the Capitol. As the ranking minority member on the Real Property Taxation Committee, McLaughlin participated on a taxes panel in order to urge immediate passage of a property tax cap for New York’s overburdened homeowners. McLaughlin also emphasized the high cost of state mandates on local governments, a leading driver for rising property taxes in the Capital Region.

“These budget hearings are an opportunity for lawmakers to more fully discuss the details of Governor Cuomo’s proposed state budget,” said McLaughlin. “For too long, our state budget has been saddled with hidden taxes. Albany needs to realize that we cannot continue to tax our way out of the mess we’re in. Now is the time to put the breaks on Albany’s tax-and-spend policies so real relief can be delivered to our local governments, school districts, and working families.

“As a strong proponent of a two percent property tax cap, this public meeting only further illustrated the need for its immediate passage. I strongly urge Assembly Speaker Silver to stop the Albany games and gimmicks and bring a two percent property tax cap bill to the Assembly floor for an up-and-down vote.

“We were sent to Albany to reduce the size and cost of government. Now is the time to end the stall tactics, delay, and political theater – there must be a vote on a property tax cap immediately.”