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May 1, 2023
CONSERVATIVE PARTY CALLS FOR ‘NO’ VOTE ON EXORBITANT AND IRRESPONSIBLE $229 BILLION STATE BUDGET “Budget Has No Consideration Whatsoever for Economic Reality.”
Brooklyn-NY…The New York State Conservative Party is urging responsible lawmakers in Albany to reject the massive $229 billion state budget proposal, which is billions of dollars more than the ill-advised budget Governor Kathy Hochul initially put forward.
As proposed, this budget would raise taxes on financially beleaguered New Yorkers, dramatically raise the price of energy and new construction in New York through a ban on new natural gas hookups, chase away existing and future jobs with the highest minimum wage in the nation linked to an automatic Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase, and force New Yorkers to pay for political election campaigns — while doing virtually nothing to reduce New York’s nation-leading Medicaid costs or New York’s dangerously high crime rate caused by the disastrous cashless bail law.
“This budget has no consideration whatsoever for economic reality,” said New York State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar. “New Yorkers wanted financial relief; what they got was a punch-in-the-gut MTA ‘mobility tax’, higher state spending, mandates on future home heating, the cost of political campaigns, and a job-killing ‘minimal wage’ that will kill countless starting-level jobs around the state for years to come.
“New Yorkers wanted safer streets; Governor Kathy Hochul and her Democratic colleagues chose not to hear them, placing woke ideology ahead of public safety,” Mr. Kassar said. “The only good thing I can say about the Governor’s budget, is that it didn’t include her hare-brained scheme to force state rezoning of New York’s suburban communities.”
The Conservative Party specifically urged legislators to oppose the Revenue Bill, which includes a number of existing taxes as well as new burdensome revenue generators.
“Year after year, Democrats in Albany have been turning a blind eye to needs and wants of everyday New Yorkers,” Mr. Kassar continued. “This budget is the worst example of that to date, and we urge responsible legislators to oppose it. New Yorkers can’t afford never-ending tax and spending increases. They stifle state economic growth and send more and more New Yorkers packing for better run states.”