Record High Spending Yields Low Return

A Statement from Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny (R,C-Coney Island) on the 2023-24 Enacted State Budget

“The last time I voted for a state budget we used roughly $80 billion less taxpayer money. State spending has increased dramatically every year but middle-class families and small businesses across Brooklyn are still struggling.

“I would have liked to see more resources allocated to our local transportation system and bus lines, the establishment of a Coney Island trade school, reducing utility bills for our families and seniors and strengthening penalties for opioid and fentanyl dealers.

“While we did restore judicial discretion for judges to lock up violent offenders this is only the first step in a public safety overhaul desperately needed to give piece of mind back to the public. Lenient policies like cashless bail and ‘Raise the Age’ must be completely abolished to end our state of lawlessness and disrespect toward police.

“The budget yielded a mixed bag for New Yorkers but one thing was clear – one-party rule has produced nothing but dysfunction, secrecy and a very late state budget – all of which are failures of leadership.”