McLaughlin: Rensselaer County Budget Should Be Model For New York State

Legislative Statement by Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose)
October 20, 2011
“For a generation, politicians at the State Capitol created programs and then forced our towns, counties and school districts to pay for them. Instead of making the hard choices and prioritizing how our tax dollars are spent, they sent the bill to someone else and made the localities collect the taxes to pay for them. These unfunded mandates are the reason our taxes are so high, and that needs to change.”

“Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino has done an excellent job controlling spending at the county level. Now, it’s up to us at the State Capitol to fix the underlying problems that have caused our property taxes to become the highest in the country. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. When the legislature reconvenes in January, our top priority needs to be changing these unfunded mandates. We need to respect the fact that our local leaders know what their communities need better than the State Capitol does.”