Assemblyman Jones: Subcommittee Appointment Puts North Country at Ground Level of Budget Negotiations
Being appointed to the General Government and Local Assistance Joint Budget Subcommittee lets me bring the North Countrys concerns to the table during this years state budget negotiations and ensures were heard loud and clear. I wont allow our communities to be left behind or lost in the shuffle.
With the proposal to close down three prisons this year, its especially critical for us to have a strong voice on the subcommittee. Weve seen what losing correctional facilities can do. Theyre vital parts of our regions economy, and more closures will be yet another major blow to our families.
Local governments also stand to take a hit with the proposed cut to Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM), which Im fighting hard against. As the former chair of the Franklin County Legislature, I know how hard it is for local governments to deal with strapped budgets. They rely on state aid to avoid raising property taxes on hardworking families, and cutting aid would mean forcing them to cut services or pass the burden on to taxpayers. Having a seat at the table to hash out these and other concerns is a key part of getting our communities their fair share, and Ill work to make sure that happens.