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Unshackle upstate

Unshackle upstate

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Published by Rick Karlin
2013 agenda
2013 agenda

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Published by: Rick Karlin on Jan 04, 2013
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Unshackle Upstate
2013 Policy Agenda
Since Unshackle Upstate was founded in 2006, our highest priority has been improving theUpstate economy. We have worked on behalf of the taxpayers and employers of this state inour communities and in Albany to promote policies that will help our state thrive.I am pleased that New York has improved in recent years, most notably with the enactmentof a statewide real property tax cap and public employee pension reform.
e state’s progresson these two measures should be viewed as critical
rst steps toward correcting the problemscaused by years of 
scal mismanagement and bad policy decisions. Additionally, we were aninstrumental force in ensuring that the
ruway Authority did not ultimately enact a 45%toll hike on commercial vehicles. New York State is
nally beginning to put in place the toolswe need to regain the prosperity that we once enjoyed.In 2013, our overarching goals remain unchanged. We continue to oppose unnecessary state spending, as well as any e
orts to increase taxes or impose new or increased fees. We continue to push for relief from unfunded state mandatesand regulatory burdens that impede job creation. And we continue to oppose relying on state borrowing where the long-term return on investment is not justi
e cooperation and leadership over the last two years demonstrates what can be achieved in Albany. We do not believethat New York State is destined to be a high tax state that continues to lose population. We know that New York cando better. We expect that it will. With your continued support, we will keep working and make New York State a betterplace to live, work, raise a family and grow a business.Please visit our web site (UnshackleUpstate.com), where you can join the Unshackle Upstate Army – a group of taxpayers who are committed to keeping lawmakers focused on lowering taxes and spending, promoting job creationand improving New Yorks economy.I look forward to a successful 2013 for Upstate New York.Sincerely,Brian SampsonExecutive DirectorUnshackle Upstate
REDUCE STATE SPENDINGAs a state we still spend too much, and get too little for what we spend. New York must continue its recenttrend of enacting state budgets that spend less than the rate of in
ation. Many families and business havetightened their belts, and state and local government must do so as well.REDUCE TAXES, FEES AND ASSESSMENTSFor many years, excessive spending was fueled by higher taxes and fees. But the last two state budgets havetaken a strong step in the right direction, as they did not rely on increased taxes or fees.
is trend shouldcontinue in 2013.REDUCE MANDATESLocal governments and school districts have long been plagued by unfunded state mandates that underminetheir ability to provide important services. Likewise, New York State’s business community is over-burdenedby regulations that hinder private sector job creation.
ese items must be addressed in 2013, bothlegislatively and through the regulatory process.REDUCE STATE BORROWING/DEBTContinued reliance on borrowing will only exacerbate the already poor
nancial condition that plagues ourstate. We cannot borrow our way into prosperity. As the state continues to control spending, it should notrely on irresponsible borrowing which will further long-term debt.

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