A Statement from Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertow
ALBANY, NY — “In her State of the State address to an empty room, the governor said we’re going to be ‘the most business friendly state in the nation.’ In her very next breath, she explained how we’re going to fill vacant office buildings with billions in taxpayer funded housing. The governor also proposed increasing spending in multiple programs by tens of billions, then said cutting taxes for the middle class will be a reality. The governor also said ethics in Albany are broken and she’ll create her own ‘independent’ commission to root out corruption. Sounds familiar too. Remember the Moreland Commission?
If any this sounds familiar, that’s because Cuomo made the same promises every single year.
One of the worst kept secrets is that Albany has a spending problem. This year, we won’t have the federal government to bail lawmakers out of the budgetary hole they’ve dug for themselves. We need to cut spending. Period.
Now more than ever we need checks and balances restored to state government. The governor says she’s going to ‘respect the role of the legislature’ and I hope the Legislature will hold her to that word this Legislative Session.
This is going to be a very difficult season in the state Capitol, but there is also an opportunity. I hope Gov. Hochul will stay true to her word and not forget the needs of the people she says she represents.”