EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, R-East Fishkill, offers his opinion regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech:
Minimum Wage: "Cuomo's minimum wage hike would be an unbearable burden for many small businesses. With the never-ending regulations and heavy taxes, small businesses are already under water in New York. They can't afford this latest mandate. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers flee the state every year. They do it because Albany has dragged down New York's economy."
Downtown Revitalization Program: "Crony capitalism corrupts government and hurts the economy. This program would have Albany pick the economy's winners and losers. That hasn't been working well for New York, and it's led to jail for the former Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader. When Albany picks winners and losers, Albany's friends win, and the taxpayers lose."
Infrastructure Spending: "Every construction project in New York costs much more than it should because of Albany's byzantine regulations. For instance, the Scaffold Law has added hundreds of millions to the cost of the new Tappan Zee bridge. The archaic law imposes 'absolute liability' on builders and property owners for any elevation-related injuries. This drives up the cost of insurance in New York, making everything in the state more expensive."
Taste of New York: "New York doesn't need to open retail shops to compete with private businesses. This is crony capitalism with a 'craft' label slapped onto it."
Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns: "Taxpayers should not be asked to foot the bill for politicians' campaigns and ambitions. Taxpayer-funded campaigns haven't ended corruption in New York City politics; in fact, it may have added to it. Real ethics reform would include term limits, more transparency in the legislative process and ending crony capitalism."
The State of the State Is Strong: "People are fleeing New York by the hundreds of thousands. New York is deeply troubled, and Albany is largely to blame. Gov. Cuomo is ignoring the reality that hundreds of thousands are voting with their feet and moving to states with small government, lower taxes and less regulations."