Senator LaValle today announced that the new state budget imposes taxes and fees that will have a devastating impact on small businesses and cost New York thousands of jobs. The state budget process was conducted behind closed doors by three Democrats from New York City, while the needs of people from Buffalo to Montauk were left unattended.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Senate Democrats have rejected a Republican-sponsored amendment to roll back the ill-advised “Health Insurance Tax” that was approved as part of the “Deficit Reduction Package” (DRP). The tax hike, which was passed as a result of unanimous Democrat support, will impose a $240 million increased assessment on insurance companies that will raise the cost of health insurance premiums for families, individuals, and businesses to unprecedented levels.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle announced that the Senate Republican Conference proposed an amendment to restore cuts to libraries and non-public schools advanced in the Governor’s budget. The measure supported by the Conference aimed to restore the remaining $7.4 million of an $18 million cut to libraries, as well as $14 million of the $44 million cut to non-public schools. However, the Senate Democrats voted along party lines to defeat the amendment.