“The top priority for the 2009 legislative session needs to be finding a way to sensibly eliminate the state’s $15 billion budget deficit without further burdening the hard-working families of Long Island. To do this, we must rein in excessive spending, but not by implementing 137 taxes and fees like the Governor has proposed.
I am very concerned with the Ravitch Commission’s proposal, in which the state would impose a new tax on businesses’ payrolls by charging them 33 cents on every $100 they pay out. At a time when Long Island businesses are struggling to stay afloat, the last thing they need is another tax that will ultimately be passed on to the middle-class families already finding it difficult to make ends meet.
Instead of finding new ways of taxing state residents, we should be finding ways of providing tax relief. While I have a differing opinion with the Governor on how to go about getting our state’s spending under control, it is important to realize this is the preliminary stages of budget negotiations. During this process, it is crucial the entire state Legislature works in a bipartisan manner so we are able to provide relief to the hardworking families of New York State.”