The Conservative Party has for over 50 years avidly advocated on behalf of taxpayers of New York State.
Our proposals outline the necessary objectives to restore New York’s fiscal well-being. The Conservative Party urges the Executive and Legislative Branches of Government to adopt the following proposals in order to re-establish New York’s fiscal credibility, keep our citizens safe, properly educate our children, and regain the fiscal stability that made New York the Empire State.
In 2014, voters reaffirmed the Conservative Party’s position on Row C and in doing so made the statement that the Conservative Party has been a positive influence in attempting to bring the State back to an even fiscal standing. With over 18,000 additional votes, voters clearly want our philosophy adopted. Unfortunately, New York’s spending and taxes are still ranked among the highest in the nation, despite the promises of Governor Cuomo to make New York a better place to live and do business. By following the outlined recommendations, Legislators should be able to end the budget deficits and ultimately make New York business friendly. Regrettably, the state, by relying on excessive taxes, surcharges, fees, fines on corporations and on promises of Federal Government handouts to balance an excessive budget, it has made it unnecessary to cut spending. Spending is the problem; New York must end the self-destructive path of overspending. Overspending by the Executive and Legislative branches continue budget deficits, excessive taxes, and expensive borrowing which results in businesses closing and/or moving at record numbers, fewer new business startups, residents moving in droves, and cities and towns facing bankruptcy. Is this the legacy we want for our children?
The Governor must propose and the Legislature must make further cuts across the board; every agency and program must have significant spending cuts and not depend only on attrition to attain the goal. Every outdated, underutilized program must be eliminated. Neither Medicaid nor School Aid can be excluded from meaningful cuts. The Legislature must end its dependency on taxing New York’s citizens, rather, it must enact real change in every aspect of government while eliminating unfunded mandates. The Legislature must adopt term limits and a viable Initiative, Referendum, and Recall bill for all elected officials. Government employees, who are convicted of corruption should not continue to be a financial burden to the public. Public authorities and the department of education all need to adopt ways to root out excessive spending as ways to restore public trust. Judicial reform should be in the direct election of Judges for shorter terms.
The last 50 years of government programs designed to alleviate economic disparity have only widened the gap; these programs must end. The free competitive market is the judicious way to achieve higher standards of living for everyone. Our Legislative Program seeks to restore a common sense approach to a legislature that has looked for ways to benefit it rather than the people it represents. These proposals are concise and need immediate attention. History has proven that enactment of the following proposals will bring a quick reversal in New York’s bleak fiscal outlook.