Well, we're going to give the State Senate a little bit of credit - in their budget resolution passed this week, they cut out the governor's proposed new taxes (i.e. the soft drink tax and utility fees). However, the resolution adds $5 billion in new spending!!! How, possibly, with a state deficit projected to be $20 billion next year, and with individuals and businesses heavily overtaxed, could ANYONE justify additional government spending?!
Then this... This morning's New York Post talks about how State Senators are "selling" key committee posts to labor unions for political contributions. Nice, huh? No wonder such great results are coming out of state government.
All the more reason why we're pushing to raise $100,000 at our Political Action Committee event tomorrow night. That money will be spend on one thing - changing the way Albany does business. For too long, an anti-business sentiment has dominated Albany's thinking, and the results are evident: high taxes, high cost of doing business, high unemployment and high rate of exodus (of businesses AND people). The past two years have been abominable - beginning last April when Albany passed a state budget that increased spending by over $10 billion... DURING A RECESSION! Then paid for it on the backs of taxpayers through over $8 billion in new taxes, fees and assessments.
Are you angry enough? Do you want in on changing things up? We'd love to see you tomorrow night. This isn't only for Partnership members - this is the entire Buffalo Niagara business community saying (cliche) "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." Here's the invite. If you have questions, e-mail me.
This is a pivotal time, and we need all hands on deck. I hope you can join in.