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Contact: Brittany Oat, (845) 200-9716
OFFICIAL STATEMENT: BALL APPLAUDS GOVERNOR, CALLS FOR STATE SPENDING CAP
Albany, N.Y. – (1/4/2012) – Leading up to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) said he would like to applaud Governor Cuomo for his continued leadership.
“The contrast between Albany and Washington, D.C. has been striking and it all comes down to bipartisan, effective leadership focused on jobs, rightsizing government, cutting spending and lowering taxes. Working together I hope we can continue to slash government spending, continue to cut taxes and finally pass a statewide cap on Albany’s spending. Last year we passed a local property tax cap, but now it’s time for Albany to put their money where their mouth is and do the same to themselves. Working with our Republican Majority in the Senate, this Governor has proven an uncanny ability to seamlessly lead Albany in the right direction on the economic issues that matter, and 2012 should be no different if we always remain focused on the shared objective of getting New York State back on track.” Ball said.
Ball said that the promises he made in 2011 were in large part delivered with a Property Tax Cap, and the elimination of the MTA Payroll Tax for the vast majority of payees. Ball added that state spending was cut by 2% and a balanced budget was passed that did not hike taxes or rely upon back-door borrowing.
In 2012, Ball says his number one priority is a Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which would limit the New York State government to 2-percent growth annually. The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights would require that increases in overall tax revenue be tied to inflation and population increases.
“Look, we just passed a property tax cap for local governments and if it is good for the goose, it’s good for the gander. In Colorado they already have a ‘Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights’, and more than $2 billion has been returned to the taxpayers. A real statewide spending cap with no loopholes would be a huge change in the way we’re operating,” Ball said. “And, the best part about a ‘Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights’ is that it’s enforceable. Albany, a culture that has been hopelessly addicted to runaway spending, would not be able to raise tax rates by double digits as has been done in the past.”
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Brittany Oat (845) 200-9716.