Lifton: Bills “A Step in the Right Direction for All of New York”

December 8, 2011
ALBANY – Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton’s (D/WF-125) released this statement about the two bills that passed the Assembly last night in an Extraordinary Session.

“I am pleased by the bills that passed the Assembly last night. While in the world of politics you can’t get everything you want, this is a significant step in the right direction for working families in Tompkins and Cortland Counties and beyond. The legislation will ask the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share, a position I supported and the Assembly Majority championed, and will use that money to fund infrastructure improvements, create tens of thousands of jobs across the state and give tax breaks to working families. It will also go a long way to address next year’s budget gap of $3.5 billion. Locally, I am thrilled to see that it will restore the budget of the Women’s Opportunity Center. I applaud the Governor’s willingness to listen to the majority of New Yorkers who have urged greater fairness in our state tax structure and his leadership in forging a compromise bill that garnered bi-partisan support.”