Simpson Votes Against Overall Budget; Does Support Aspects That Will Benefit The North Country

Assemblyman Matt Simpson (R,C,I-Horicon) did not support the massive $212 billion budget for FY 21-22. Many believe this record-setting budget will only worsen the state’s economy and cause the Majority to continue to raise taxes. The state budget was finalized on Wednesday, April 7, a week after its April 1 deadline.

“State Majorioty’ priorities in the budget were certainly misaligned. With a budget larger than those of Texas and Florida combined, raising taxes on the already highest-taxed state in the country and providing $2.1 billion to undocumented workers, the people of New York are being underserved. In the spirit of getting results for our region, there were aspects of the budget that I was able to support.

“It was great to see that the budget will allow 12 and 13-year-olds to hunt deer in the North Country. Hunting is a staple of our way of life in this part of the state and welcoming these aspiring hunters to the woods is a great thing.

“Another positive aspect of the budget is that CHIPS funding will be receiving $100 million dollars more than in last year’s budget. This CHIPS funding is essential to keeping our infrastructure up to date and I was proud to join my Minority Conference colleagues last month demanding an increase in this funding.

“Finally, the budget rejected the governor’s $4.2 million cut to our rural health network development program. This is important funding for our mostly rural area and I am glad the Legislature did not accept the governor’s proposal.

“The overall budget of $212 billion is simply not sustainable. One-party rule in Albany has allowed fiscal responsibility to go by the wayside. I will continue to fight against any increase in taxes for our North Country workers and will be sure to make your voices heard as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening of businesses,” said Simpson.