Statement From NYS Conservative Party – Budget Proposal

Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117
January 16, 2024

New York State Conservative Party: Hochul Fantasy Accounting Won’t Save Sinking Ship 

Brooklyn-NY…“Governor Kathy Hochul follows up her ‘Save Our Ship’ State of the State message with a budget proposal based on fantasy accounting and fiscal trickery. Where discipline is required, Mrs. Hochul kicks the can down the road, just like her Democratic predecessors. This monstrous $233 billion budget plan does nothing to reduce medicaid costs or debt, which continue to grow at alarming rates.

“Mrs. Hochul is doing nothing to make life easier for 20 million overtaxed New Yorkers who will continue to pay the second highest taxes in America. She boasts that she’s not raising the personal income tax, but never seems to consider that taxes can be reduced. Governor George Pataki, in contrast, passed a 25% decrease in the personal tax rate in his first year in office.

“What may be most egregious is the $2.4 billion in taxpayer funds that Mrs. Hochul plans to spend on migrant services, while New Yorkers struggle with every imaginable hike in food, housing, gas, and other cost of living increases. Meanwhile, the Governor is setting aside $100 million in tax dollars to pay for political campaigns. It is any wonder why 100,000 New Yorkers left the state last year — in addition to the more than 1.2 million who have fled New York under the past two Democrat governors alone.

“At every turn, Mrs. Hochul takes the ‘easy’ way out, meaning New York will continue on its trajectory toward insolvency. The people of this state deserve better.” — Gerard Kassar, Chairman, New York State Conservative Party