Legislative Statement by Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose)

Unfunded state mandates are crippling municipalities and school districts, and this budget was our opportunity to give them some relief but once again, Albany ignored the taxpayer. 

This budget fails to address perhaps the most pressing issue for our local municipalities and schools: effective mandate relief. The rise of property taxes across the state is caused by the tremendous financial burden put on our municipalities and schools through unfunded state-mandated programs and services. The lack of mandate relief will once again hit upstate the hardest and brings to light the neglect and apathy toward upstate New York by the governor and many of our state leaders.

I offered an amendment to the budget which would have permanently put a stop to unfunded mandates. Unfortunately, the Assembly Majority chose to ignore the pleas of our schools and municipalities and voted to defeat this vital amendment.

Our municipalities and schools are crying out, with many on the verge of educational insolvency. It’s time to make the tough decisions and eliminate many Albany unfunded mandates. Unfunded mandates are illegal in 27 states and those states are in even better shape than New York. I’ll remain steadfast in my opposition to these suffocating mandates.

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.


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