Looking forward in the new year
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High up on the list was tax relief for families and businesses. “We should start by making it more affordable to live here by making the property tax cap and middle-class tax cuts we passed permanent,” Skelos said in his response to Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address. “Next, we should completely eliminate the energy tax imposed by Democrats that’s costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. And, let’s make our economic progress lasting by enacting a permanent spending cap to ensure state spending never grows faster than we can afford.”
Skelos went on to say that he wants to eliminate corporate taxes for manufacturers and pass comprehensive regulatory relief.
He also wants to pass the fourth consecutive on-time budget, as well as pass legislation that will help small businesses run by disabled veterans have a better chance at winning state contracts.
“At this moment, there are thousands of good-paying jobs across New York
that employers can’t fill,” Skelos said. “Let’s provide retraining programs for unemployed and underemployed workers, and connect them with businesses looking for work. It’s commonsense. Give people the skills they need, for jobs that already exist, and match them up with companies that grow in New York State.”
Assemblyman Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook) echoed Skelos’s sentiments about tax relief. “I still think we have to deal more with the income and the general tax structure,” he said. “We made strides in the personal income levels, getting the middle-class income taxes to the lowest it’s been in 53 years. But I also think we have to address other areas, such as corporate tax or the death tax, which the Governor did propose in his State of the State.”
Curran said his other top-two priorities for the year would be making sure that federal money from New York Rising reaches victims of Hurricane Sandy and to address the issues surrounding the implementation of the Common Core Curriculum.