McLaughlin: Property Tax Cap And Mandate Relief Are Keys To Job Growth

March 1, 2011
Assemblyman McLaughlin is a panelist at a public hearing for the property tax cap proposal and asks a question about legislation that would eliminate unfunded mandates while simultaneously capping property taxes.
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) today attended a public hearing for the property tax cap proposal and its role in reducing the financial burden on Capital Region homeowners in order to promote job growth. As the Ranking Minority Member on the Assembly Real Property Taxation committee, McLaughlin attended the meeting to stress the importance of capping property taxes and delivering mandate relief simultaneously. McLaughlin maintained that one without the other will do little to improve our economic climate.

“The property tax cap is a blunt instrument to control outrageous state spending, but this proposal absent mandate relief is more of a blunt blow to our local governments and schools,” said McLaughlin. “In Massachusetts, they spend $4,000 less per student on education than New York, and their results are much better than ours. They are a state that has closed the gap between funding and performance, while in New York that gap is only growing.

“I have proposed legislation that will cap property taxes and eliminate unfunded, burdensome mandates on our local governments and schools. New York needs to consolidate, cut costs, and give more say to our local governments to boost performance. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting legislation that will finally bring total property tax relief to the taxpayers of New York.”