Todayís extraordinary session was an opportunity for Albany to raise the bar and lead during a time of partisan gridlock in Washington. Investing in our economy begins with putting more money back into the pockets of middle-class families. This legislation is a fair tax plan which will effectively lower taxes on middle-class North Country families. While this bill is not perfect, it is clearly a step in the right direction. Legislators are finally turning the corner from decades of tax-and-spend policies that have led to taxpayers and businesses fleeing our state.
We are making progress in repealing some of the most burdensome taxes and fees imposed in recent years while at the same time promoting economic development and funding new infrastructure projects. Lowering taxes is a vital step to make our economy more competitive. I was proud to vote yes for the good of the North Country today.
However, there remains a great deal to be discussed when the legislature reconvenes this January. In order to thoroughly assess the structural problems of Albany, we need to have a meaningful discussion of state spending and unfunded mandates. Albany has asked local governments to do more with less. Itís time the state Legislature recognized this and passed a state spending cap that works for our local schools and municipalities.