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Rene on the Issues

10 Years of Tax Hikes is Enough
Spurring Job Growth and Employment
Crushing State Mandates – Specifically Pension Funds
An Ever Expanding Government Does Not Serve the People
The ‘Affordable Housing’ Ruling

10 Years of Tax Hikes is Enough

Why do New Yorkers pay taxes almost 80% above the national average? Each incremental increase has compounded over time!

While no one should criticize Assemblywoman Paulin for her work ethic, her philosophical approach to this district has proven economically disastrous. Amy Paulin had 10 years to figure it out and has chosen a path of higher taxes, fees, and spending. It’s time we had someone at the state level who understands that people’s hard earned wages are better kept close to home, rather than routed through a byzantine state bureaucracy where our return is only pennies on the dollar. Ms. Paulin has a significant war chest and uses her current position to communicate her platform with constituents – we are starting from scratch. But make no mistake, Amy Paulin may claim she’s ‘functional in a dysfunctional Albany’, but she has spent her 10 years as a willing participant, rubber stamping Sheldon Silver’s high tax, increased spending agenda.

As for a ‘Tax Cap’ – that is only a beginning. The excessive spending has to be addressed – it is obviously proven to be ineffective, so applying a tax cap is like putting a band aid on an infected wound. A 2% ‘bandage’ is ok for the short term, but ultimately the underlying condition needs to be addressed – excessive, wasteful spending. Only then we will actually see taxes cut and New York revitalized.

Spurring Job Growth and Employment

Businesses and residents are fleeing NY State – high taxes, onerous fees, time consuming senseless paperwork – none of these encourage and support small businesses (or large companies, for that matter). To regain our competitive edge, and our fiscal health, our state has to embrace its residents’ employers. MY OPPONENT VOTED FOR THE JOB KILLING MTA PAYROLL TAX THIS YEAR! She tried to raise taxes on commercial space, and voted to raise taxes on apparel. Now she wants to repeal her own decision on the MTA Payroll Tax, spending countless hours and millions of taxpayer dollars litigating her irresponsible decision.

Crushing State Mandates – Specifically Pension Funds

Why should the taxpayer foot the bill for a poorly managed public retirement fund? Why are we assuming that risk? These pension funds are literally bankrupting Villages and Towns all across New York. My opponent has left this liability on the table for a decade - the vote for Article 19 in 2000 alone has grown that liability from $245 million to $1.7 billion!
We must move immediately to a Tier VI defined contribution plan. Heretofore, Public Employees were afforded these perks with the understanding it made up for lower wages/salaries. Now Public Employees' pay outpaces those of us in the private sector, yet we continue to foot the bill for their pensions.
Another novel idea would be for voters to elect a State Comptroller who actually knows how to manage the pension money. That is his/her primary job, so why is a legislator sitting in that seat?

An Ever Expanding Government Does Not Serve the People

It is an inefficient use of people’s hard earned money, and a threat to their individual liberties. Let local municipalities and individuals be self-determined with their own funds. Reverse the top-down arrogance that says the state knows more than an individual resident or locality – local governments, charities, and citizen groups can address local issues far more effectively.

The ‘Affordable Housing’ Ruling

A stunt of the lowest order and an insult to Westchester residents regardless of ethnicity. It is a power grab meant to threaten the sovereignty of towns and villages across not only Westchester, but the country. Remember, Westchester was the first test case to set precedent and trigger similar suits across the U.S. As the ruling’s remedy clearly does not dictate a ‘minority quota’, this had little to do with race and everything to do with power and control. Yet they took the time to intimate that towns such as Scarsdale, Bronxville, etc. are racist – it is an affront to the good people of our district, again, regardless of ethnicity. Wealth redistribution and social engineering simply do not work, and are in fact, corrosive and ultimately destructive.
Unfortunately, this is currently not dealt with in the Assembly, but a vocalized issue of great importance and distress among the many people I have met in the district. As a new candidate they are trying to get to know, they asked for my opinion - this is it.

July 22, 2019
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