McLAUGHLIN: COMMON CORE TESTING IS NOT MANDATORY, OPT OUT TO SEND BUREACRATS A MESSAGE

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today informed his constituents that the Common Core tests that begin next week are not mandatory and parents should know their children have the option to refuse testing. McLaughlin criticized Gov. Cuomo and the state’s implementation of the Common Core Standards and said this year’s budget process was an insult to parents and students and did nothing to alleviate the burden of Common Core. 

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McLAUGHLIN: EDUCATION BUDGET BILL SHAMEFUL, DETRIMENTAL TO TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

          “The education budget bill crafted by Gov. Cuomo and each house’s majority does nothing but leave our teachers at the mercy of the same state bureaucrats who crammed Common Core down our children’s throats. We have no idea how teacher evaluations will be weighted and we have alienated and abused one of our state’s greatest assets; good teachers. How is it that the state knows more about education policy than our teachers, students and parents? It is reprehensible that we are hanging the careers of teachers and the success of students on the same incompetent ideologues that forced Common Core into our classrooms.

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McLAUGHLIN: MIDDLE-CLASS NEW YORK IS STRUGGLING; BOAT OF DREAMS IS NOT THE ANSWER

          “New York taxpayers are struggling to find work, retain their homes and send their children to college, yet we provide a tax credit to make yachts cheaper for the richest New Yorkers. Instead, we choose to tax the recreational middle-class boater that just wants to have fun with his family. It is estimated that around 65,000 boats were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. They were not yachts but recreational boats used by New York’s families. The governor has this backward. The tax exemption should’ve been on boats up to $230,000. Instead, he chose to reward billionaires and exempt all taxes on boats above $230,000.”

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McLAUGHLIN: SCHOOLS, STUDENTS DESERVE SURPLUS FUNDING MOST

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today said that the state’s $610 million surplus, obtained through a recent bank settlement, should be used to restore the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) education cuts. McLaughlin emphasized that the Legislature has refused to fully restore these cuts in the years since they were enacted and this year’s budget restores only a fraction of the amount currently owed to our school districts. 

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McLAUGHLIN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY, HOLD GOV.'S OFFICE ACCOUNTABLE

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) announced today that he has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 6119, that will require all government agencies, the Legislature and Judiciary to retain electronic mail for seven years. McLaughlin introduced the legislation as a result of Gov. Cuomo’s policy of deleting emails after an arbitrary 90 days and said that eliminating information can be a way to cover up government corruption or abuse of taxpayer money. 

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McLAUGHLIN: ASSEMBLY DEMS FINALLY ADDRESS WOMEN'S EQUALITY, LEFT WOMEN AT RISK FOR YEARS

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today claimed victory as one bill, of which he is a co-sponsor, in the omnibus Women’s Equality Act (WEA) was passed by the Assembly. McLaughlin said it is unfortunate that New York’s women were left vulnerable for three years while Assembly Democrats used passage of the entire 10-bill package, which included a controversial late term abortion provision, for political gain. 

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McLAUGHLIN: ASSEMBLY ONE-HOUSE BUDGET INSULTING TO SCHOOLS AND UPSTATE NEW YORK

          “The Assembly’s one-house budget does little to correct the glaring inefficiency in our ethics rules here in Albany,” said McLaughlin. “The Assembly Democrats chose to almost completely reject Gov. Cuomo’s comprehensive ethics package. Sadly, the ‘Reform Caucus’ failed to take action when it really mattered. My unwavering stance on ethics reform will not change, and I believe it is one of the most important accomplishments we can pursue during this budget cycle. Common-sense legislation, such as stripping state pensions from corrupt politicians and requiring the preservation of government emails for more than 90 days, will reap positive benefits and prevent abuses such as those committed by disgraced Assembly member Sheldon Silver. However, as important as ethics reform is, it is not a budget item.  It is unacceptable for Gov. Cuomo to threaten to hold up the state budget over this issue.” 

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McLAUGHLIN: GLARING HYPOCRISY AND COWARDICE AS ASSEMBLY DEMS VOTE DOWN PRO-TRANSPARENCY REFORMS

          “Today the Assembly had a chance to pass 17 different rules reforms that would have lifted the shroud of secrecy and corruption that have surrounded the house for years. Unfortunately, Assembly Democrats chose to ignore the state-wide call for transparency, openness and accountability that has been growing for years.  The so called ‘Reform Caucus’ that pledged to clean up Albany’s murky and besmirched political culture is filled with the same members who, today, voted down the reforms they once promised to uphold.  Their hypocrisy is stunning and speaks to the all talk, no action ways of Assembly Democrats and the scare tactics of their leadership.”

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McLAUGHLIN: GOV.'S EMAIL POLICY SHOWS LACK OF TRANSPARENCY

          “Gov. Cuomo came into office claiming to be a white knight that was going to clean up Albany’s swamp of corruption. After several ethical scandals on his watch and the shutdown of his own anti-corruption commission for ethical violations, we now know that Gov. Cuomo will only push ethics reforms when it benefits him politically. For a governor who promised transparency, the deletion of state emails after 90 days is far from transparent. Software capabilities, used by the governor, have the ability to store years of emails and Gov. Cuomo still chooses to delete them after an arbitrary 90 days. One can only be suspicious as to why this is the policy, when information contained in such emails could, and very often does, remain pertinent after only three months.”         

 

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McLAUGHLIN: CUOMO PLAYING POLITICS WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS' EDUCATIONS

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called on Gov. Cuomo to keep funding for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) separate from the DREAM Act, a proposal to use taxpayer dollars to provide tuition assistance to illegal aliens.  McLaughlin emphasized the large number of college students who rely on TAP to afford college and said linking one to the other, jeopardizes the affordability of college education for New Yorkers.

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