Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) yesterday voted against the Assembly Majority’s one-house budget resolution because it lacks the most basic budget reforms needed to fix New York’s chronic tax-and-spend addiction. McLaughlin also was disappointed that unfunded mandate relief was barely addressed, noting its exclusion from the one-house budget as “shameful.”
“The Assembly Majority’s budget resolution did nothing to solve the property tax problem or improve New York's toxic business climate,” said McLaughlin. “Instead of addressing unfunded mandates, the shortfalls in school aid or the 800,000 unemployed New Yorkers looking for work, their top priority was increasing payments to people on welfare. During the floor debate, it was revealed that two-thirds of these payments would be going directly to New York City. Working people aren't getting a raise. Why should the people who aren't working get one?”
McLaughlin also was concerned that the proposal failed to include an all-crimes DNA database, a measure that is supported by all of New York State’s 62 district attorneys and 58 sheriffs, as well as 400 police chiefs. This DNA database would help law enforcement identify suspects of more violent crimes, and, in some cases, exonerate people wrongly accused. The one-house proposal also included a measure to enact micro-stamping, which would dramatically increase the cost of owning and manufacturing certain types of firearms in New York State. A Second Amendment advocate, McLaughlin said he could not support such a measure.
“Micro-stamping doesn’t prevent crime. It’s just another feel-good Albany mandate that will drive more manufacturing jobs out of New York.”