Statement On Governor Cuomo's Budget From Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill)

On taxpayer-funded campaigns: “We’re not going to end corruption by giving Albany politicians more tax dollars to play with. New York City’s taxpayer-funded campaign system has been repeatedly scammed. Speaker Silver’s friend, William Rapfogel, cheated the system. John Liu’s campaign cheated. Senator Malcom Smith cheated. Councilman Halloran cheated. This won’t stop corruption, but it will cost New York $200 million a year.”

On the Sheldon Silver hotline: “If we need a hotline because we can't rely on Silver to do the right thing, that's the best argument that Silver needs to go. Governor Cuomo could send a message that sexual harassment has no place in Albany if he called for Sheldon Silver’s resignation. Silver has created the environment where victims are afraid to come forward. We need Silver's resignation, not a hotline.”

On universal pre-K: "New York is the highest-taxed state in the union. How are we going to pay for universal pre-K? Cuomo says he wants to cut property taxes, but property taxes fund education. He can't have it both ways. Eventually, property taxes will have to pay for this. Studies show that universal pre-K has no significant impact on education. Over-taxed New York families can't afford to pay for another expensive program that doesn't deliver results."

$2 billion education bond: “We keep spending more and more on schools, but we’re not seeing results. By now, we should have learned that more money and new gadgets does not mean a better education. In North Carolina, students broke 10% of the tablets and the program was suspended. A Texas study showed students weren't actually learning while using tablets. The Los Angeles tablet program was a disaster. We need to stop throwing good money after bad and look for real solutions in education.”

On Common Core: "It's not about the implementation, it's the entire program. Common Core is fundamentally flawed. That's what we've learned from parents and teachers across the state. We can't tweak it. We can't fix it with band-aids. We need to scrap it and start over. Yes, we need to increase standards and deliver a better education for our kids, but Common Core isn't going to do that."

On property taxes: "Unfunded mandates from Albany are the driving force behind higher property taxes. Yes, local governments need to consolidate, but Albany needs to end unfunded mandates. Unfunded mandates obscure accountability for New York's problems and lead to finger-pointing between politicians looking to dodge the blame. Governor Cuomo needs to make serious cuts to unfunded mandates."