Wednesday, January 7, 2009

STATE MUST CHART BOLD, NEW COURSE
Statement by Assemblyman Marcus J. Molinaro (R,C,I-Red Hook)

Governor David Paterson reminded us today that New York State faces a historic fiscal crisis. Not since the Great Depression has our state and nation faced such complex economic peril; placing extraordinary burdens on every business, middle-class family and senior in America.The middle-class people living and working in the Hudson Valley cannot, however, afford to shoulder the burden of this crisis. We cannot afford 137 new taxes and fees that amount to about $6 billion in new revenue, presented in the Governor’s Executive Budget. Rather we should offer tax relief to help stimulate the economy.Many New Yorkers have lost faith in state government and they look to us, their elected representatives, to chart a bold, new course for this great state. As we tackle our fiscal challenges, we must advance innovative, fresh ideas that will reform state government, protect our environment, improve our quality of life while growing our economy. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the political aisle in an effort to bring a new generation of leadership to the Empire State.

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