Photo Caption: Senator Skelos displays a list of taxes and fees added by Senate Democrats over the last two years.
Democrats in Albany are getting ready to once again sock New York taxpayers with more than $8.2 billion in tax increases on individuals, families, businesses and consumers. The tax hikes are being brought to you by the same groups that successfully fought for $8.5 billion in tax increases last year to pay for more government spending.
Rather than work around the clock to get a budget done on time, Democrats in the Senate and Assembly waved the white flag and simply gave up. By doing so, Democrats sent a clear message to taxpayers that they aren’t willing to stay in Albany until the last moment to get a responsible budget done on time. Their failure to get a budget done on time, and worse, to not even try, is inexcusable.
Senator Dean Skelos recently thanked Joanna Strick, a resident of Oceanside, for serving as an intern in his Rockville Centre district office.
"Joanna has been a valuable asset to my office and I greatly appreciate all of her time and effort," said Senator Skelos. "She is an intelligent young woman who will surely succeed in all of her future endeavors."
Joanna is currently attending Queens College and majoring in Media Studies.
It is disappointing, but certainly not unexpected, that New York did not receive any money from the federal Race to the Top program. New York’s application for up to $700 million in federal money was put at an extreme disadvantage earlier this month when Democrats in the Senate and Assembly refused to pass legislation to lift the cap on charter schools,
Bill Not Required to Fund Government in Absence of On-Time Budget but Democrats Pass it Anyway to Continue Anti-Taxpayer Spending Binge
Senate Republicans today unanimously opposed yet another shortsighted and fiscally irresponsible effort by Democrats to sweep hundreds of millions of dollars from dedicated State accounts to fuel additional General Fund spending.
Annual Program Honors Women's Contributions to Our Community
Senator Dean G. Skelos today invited local residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of our communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the state Senate as a New York "Woman of Distinction."
Last year, Senate Democrats arrogantly prepared a budget in complete secrecy, with no time for public review and scrutiny and little time for questions and debate. This year, they did it again.
Their final budget resolution was given to us just hours ago and they intend to bring it up for a vote today. It’s clear they do not want a thorough review of the plan because even a cursory review shows that their priorities are wrong, and their numbers don’t add up.
With just two weeks until the April 1st budget deadline, Democrats in the Senate and Assembly have failed to make any progress toward a new budget. Senate Democrats have talked about starting the conference committee process, but have done nothing. Neither they, nor the Democrats in the Assembly, have produced any budget bills or resolutions for consideration.
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference today called on Senator John Sampson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to agree on a schedule for an open, public budget process that leads to adoption of an on-time state budget.
From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief.