Stec Happy To See PILOT Out Of Budget
“After a long and drawn out budget negotiation, I was very pleased to see an on time budget that removed the PILOT, which would have changed the way the state would pay taxes on forever wild lands in New York. This is something that I have been fighting since the governor’s budget presentation in January.
“I was also encouraged to see an increase in foundation aid which is the main source of funding to our schools, an increase of funding for Library aid, record funding to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic, and the restoration of the Extreme Winter Weather funding ensuring our roads and bridges are properly updated and maintained.
“But like the Assembly One-house Resolution, and the governor’s Budget proposal before that, I cannot help but be disheartened by the continuation of the state’s tax-and-spend culture. New Yorkers are being buried under high taxes, and forced out of state by the high cost of living. As legislators, we need to be focusing on reducing the tax burden and making New York more affordable for its residents.”