posted on January 08, 2014 16:55
The big story of today’s State of the State address by Governor Andrew Cuomo was lowering taxes.
In a wide-ranging election year speech, the Governor called for a property tax freeze, as well as tougher anticorruption laws.
That property tax freeze is expected to save an average of $350 a year for 2.8 million homeowners.
He says in order for the $2 billion tax relief proposal to be successful, local governments need to consolidate. However some opponents say it’s unfunded mandates, not governments that create high taxes, like Canandaigua Assemblyman Brian Kolb.
Local state senator Michael Ranzenhofer weighed in on the speech to WBTA. He says, like Cuomo, lowering taxes has been at the top of his agenda as well.
“When you reduce taxes, you allow firms to expand and create jobs,” he said. “I was very excited to hear the governor talk about eliminating the tax on manufacturers. We’re also going to accelerate the elimination of the energy tax which was opposed a number of years ago.”
Assemblyman Steve Hawley, in a statement, was more suspicious, saying this is normal speak for an election year. He said the governor “needs to deliver on an unfulfilled promise to pass mandate relief for our counties and municipalities, which would help lower taxes.”
Cuomo also called for free, all-day pre-Kindergarten, attracting international business to the state with tax-free zones and a timetable for casino development.
The much-discussed medicinal marijuana provision will be approved by executive order, not legislation. Medical marijuana will be approved for those with a short list of very serious illnesses and is more restrictive than in states like California.