Wednesday evening I stood up for Nassau Countys taxpayers against the impending tax tsunami, said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head). The Assembly Majoritys budget resolution, a preliminary document in the budget-approval process, opens the door to tax hikes and decreased school aid for Long Islands residents.
I opposed this measure on the grounds that it borrows too much and spends more money we dont have. It would increase health care costs on New Yorkers, through new sick taxes for hospital patients, individual-market insurance premiums, and added Medicaid liabilities on counties. If this is the best the Assembly Majority leadership can muster at this late date, a week prior to the designated budget deadline, then I intend to vote against the final version of the state budget in order to oppose unfair cuts to Long Islands schools and more tax increases on hard-working Nassau County families.