ALBANY — Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and members of Reclaim New York, a conservative lobbying organization, on Tuesday urged the state Legislature to eliminate an estimated $1 billion in new taxes and fees proposed in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state budget.
They also called for the Legislature to enact other reforms that they say will make the state more affordable and competitive.
Kolb, R-131 of Canandaigua, spoke at a press conference alongside representatives of Reclaim New York on the Million-Dollar Staircase in the Capitol.
Kolb said New York needs to take responsibility for its financial challenges.
“The governor is trying to pinpoint blame on Washington, D.C., and it couldn’t be further from the truth,” Kolb said. “We’re 50th in tax burden, 47th in property taxes, second worst in debt, 49th in economic climate, and most recently we’re the worst place to retire. That’s not politics, those are facts.”
Kolb noted that since 2010, more than 1 million people have left New York state.
He also stressed the importance of promoting “unique opportunities” to ensure taxpayers are getting a proper return on money invested by the state.
He called on — as he has many times before — reforming the state’s current economic development programs and pushed for a number of financially focused policy measures as well.