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Policy Agenda 2013

Policy Agenda 2013

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Unshackle Upstate
2013 Policy Agenda
 
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Since Unshackle Upstate was ounded in 2006, our highest priority has been improving theUpstate economy. We have worked on behal o the taxpayers and employers o 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 enactmento a statewide real property tax cap and public employee pension reorm. Te states progresson these two measures should be viewed as critical rst steps toward correcting the problemscaused by years o scal mismanagement and bad policy decisions. Additionally, we were aninstrumental orce in ensuring that the Truway 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 ees. We continue to push or relie rom ununded 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ed.Te 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 amily and grow a business.Please visit our web site (UnshackleUpstate.com), where you can join the Unshackle Upstate Army – a group o taxpayers who are committed to keeping lawmakers ocused on lowering taxes and spending, promoting job creationand improving New York’s economy.I look orward to a successul 2013 or Upstate New York.Sincerely,Brian SampsonExecutive DirectorUnshackle Upstate
 
UNSHACKLE UPSTATE’S CORE PRINCIPLES
 
REDUCE SAE SPENDINGAs a state we still spend too much, and get too little or what we spend. New York must continue its recenttrend o enacting state budgets that spend less than the rate o ination. Many amilies and business havetightened their belts, and state and local government must do so as well.REDUCE AXES, FEES AND ASSESSMENSFor many years, excessive spending was ueled by higher taxes and ees. But the last two state budgets havetaken a strong step in the right direction, as they did not rely on increased taxes or ees. Tis trend shouldcontinue in 2013.REDUCE MANDAESLocal governments and school districts have long been plagued by ununded 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. Tese items must be addressed in 2013, bothlegislatively and through the regulatory process.REDUCE SAE BORROWING/DEBContinued 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 urther long-term debt.

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