Stec: New Session, Same Problems
Today, the Governor presented his State of the State Address in Albany. As always, it was a very ambitious and progressive agenda aimed at meeting the needs of downstate interests. This agenda is expected to cost New Yorkers roughly $175 billion, an increase of state spending again this year.
Every year, the Governor increases spending, and every year more and more New Yorkers and small businesses vote with their feet, fleeing high taxes, overregulation and outdated infrastructure. Rather than spending billions of dollars investing in new programs, and economic development initiatives and start-ups, we should be focusing on fixing the problems we already face.
New Yorkers endure some of the highest taxes in the country and our infrastructure remains outdated and in dire need of repair. We need to reel in spending, cut taxes, remove the red tape that is forcing residents out of our state and invest in repairing and updating our roads and bridges. As budget negotiations officially start today, please know I will keep the North Countrys agenda in mind.