Raia: Standing Strong against Federal Tax Plan

November 29, 2017

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,Ref-East Northport) joined Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-1) and other New York state elected officials at a press conference this morning to take a firm stance against the proposed federal tax plan currently moving through Congress. Raia and Zeldin reiterated the importance of protecting New Yorkers financial interests and that elected officials need to speak for their constituents and not party leaders or special interest groups in these policy discussions.

“My top priority is to fight for the people of Suffolk County,” said Raia. “This proposed tax plan is an insult to the hard-working people of Long Island who are being asked to send a disproportionately high amount of their hard-earned money to Washington in order to compensate for other states. New York State is continually burdened with some of the highest taxes in the country and to pass this policy would be an indication from federal lawmakers that New Yorkers do not deserve to reap the benefits that they work so hard to earn. I believe other states should focus on sharing New York’s work ethic and not our wealth.”

The majority of New York’s Minority Congressional Delegation has already voted no on the proposed federal tax plan and Raia is leading the charge by voicing his concerns about this plan in the state Assembly.

“For instance, this plan unfairly targets middle-class families by eliminating deductions that allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money. Passing the proposed federal tax plan is something Long Island cannot afford. What the state could do, and I have always advocated for, is controlling state spending and providing unfunded mandate relief to help alleviate the high property tax burden carried by all New Yorkers, especially on Long Island,” Raia concluded.