Ortt calls state budget ‘unmitigated disaster’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 April 2021 at 3:08 pm

State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt is calling the newly adopted $212 billion state budget “an unmitigated disaster.”

Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said the budget shows how one-party rule in Albany is leading to “one-party ruin” for the state.

“Sadly, our worst fears are now being realized,” Ortt said in an email this afternoon to supporters.

“This budget is an unmitigated disaster for New Yorkers. It was negotiated entirely behind closed doors, and when the doors opened, we were handed a budget that sends taxes and spending skyrocketing to unsustainable levels,” Ortt wrote.

The higher taxes will drive  more families, seniors, and young New Yorkers away, Ortt said.

The Republican conference, which has been in the minority since 2019, want the state to cut taxes and deliver property tax relief to homeowners, which Ortt said would restart the satte’s economy.

“Now more than ever, as we recover from Covid, we need to assist our small businesses, the lifeblood of our communities,” he said. “This is an out-of-control budget that reflects an out-of-control state government.”