Republicans in Assembly list their budget priorities

Posted 28 February 2019 at 11:34 am

Press Release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), along with his Assembly Minority colleagues, is introducing the “Budget Blueprint for a Better NY,” a tax relief and funding package that will provide aid to students, homeowners, infrastructure needs, direct care workers, local governments and middle-class families. The enacted state budget is due April 1.

“I believe in a New York that focuses on middle-class taxpayers, students struggling to afford college, repairing our unsafe roads and bridges and giving direct care workers a living wage – not fringe political issues coming out of New York City,” Hawley said. “We have a serious exodus problem in this state of people and businesses and we should be putting every resource into making our state a place people want live and work, rather than grow up and move from. This is a comprehensive list of bipartisan priorities, and I am hopeful legislative leaders and Gov. Cuomo will join us in making these part of the enacted budget.”

Assembly GOP “Budget Blueprint for a Better NY” includes:

• Make the 2 percent property tax cap permanent

• Provide a living wage for direct care workers

• Keep the middle class tax cuts on track

• Increase funding for CHIPS

• Increase library aid

• Provide unfunded mandate relief

• Give help to small businesses

• Improve the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and offer student loan relief

• Call for a hearing on prison closure proposals

• Keep AIM funding levels and processes intact

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