2021 Legislative Program
It is an understatement to note that New York’s government, at all levels, is deeply in debt and has been even prior to the devastating effects of the government shutting down businesses due to COVID-19. Government is failing its citizens. As of October 20, 2020, government and its authorities are projecting $59 billion of revenue shortfalls through 2022.
The Conservative Party, through the years, has offered fiscally sound economic policies to change New York’s course of wasteful government spending. New York was once the beacon of economic success; today New York has become an entity that over-regulates small business, stifles proven energy expansion, and increases taxes on its citizens forcing them to seek states that will encourage them to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit thereby ensuring a future for generations to come.
In the last 2 gubernatorial elections, 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 restore fiscal sanity to New York. Despite the states shrinking population, the Conservative Party has consistently increased the number of votes on the Party’s line since 2002. Voters clearly support our philosophy and want it to become law. 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. Legislators must end the overspending that contributes to the budget deficits and must allow New Yorkers to get back to work.
Regrettably, the state, by relying on excessive taxes, surcharges, fees, fines on corporations and thinks it can continue to spend blindly on promises of Federal Government handouts to balance an excessive budget, has made it unnecessary to cut spending. The horrific pandemic has proven how misguided New York’s economic policies are. While COVID-19 has amplified the budget shortfall, the state was headed toward a fiscal crisis before the China virus arrived. New York’s government must end its self-destructive path of overspending. New York cannot tax someone who no longer works or lives here. New York’s government must learn from its past overspending habits that being prepared for emergencies will alleviate some of the fiscal problems we are experiencing from the pandemic. Keeping people from working, while causing serious fiscal problems, also presents far more long-term problems that end up costing even more money the state does not have.
The Governor must propose cuts across the board and the Legislature must not add to the budget; 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 realistic cuts. The Legislature must end its dependency on taxing New York’s citizens; it must enact real change in every aspect of government and eliminate unfunded mandates. The Legislature must adopt term limits and a viable Initiative, Referendum, and Recall bill for all elected officials. New York State must stop masking the true nature of its growing debt through obtusely worded bonding that offers no insight into true costs to the taxpayers.
The department of education must root out excessive administrative levels and spending as ways to restore public trust. The 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 itself rather than the people it represents. These proposals are concise and need immediate adoption. History has proven that enactment of the following proposals will bring a quick reversal in New York’s bleak fiscal outlook that has thousands of New Yorkers moving to states with lower taxes and fewer regulations.