Taxes are the most important issue plaguing the Third Senate District, Long Island and New York State. In the past two years, the New York State Legislature has increased taxes and fees by $14 billion. Raising taxes should be a last resort, not a first option.
For too many years, state budgets in New York lost touch with fiscal reality by spending and taxing way more than taxpayers could afford. The result is that we now have the worst business climate in the country.
During my campaign, I committed to cut taxes, reduce spending and empower private sector job growth. This year’s State Budget is my first opportunity to make good on those commitments, and I’m very pleased that my efforts have achieved significant success. The new $132.5 billion spending plan my Senate colleagues and I are enacting decreases year-to-year spending by 2 percent, reduces state agency operations by 10 percent, reduces Medicaid by $2.8 billion and puts New York back on the road to fiscal recovery.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – The Business Council of New York State recently released their 2011 Voters’ Guide, which measures New York State legislators’ “Commitment to improving the state’s economic climate and performance by scoring their support for key business legislation during the 2011 session.” Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) received the Business Council’s highest score.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) announced today that within this week’s State Senate 2012-2013 Budget Resolution, there will be much needed tax relief for New York’s Senior Citizens.
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R, C, I-Amherst) and Senator Zeldin introduced this legislation (S.6286) in January and have been actively advocating on its behalf since. On February 29, 2012, the Senate’s Aging Committee unanimously passed their bill to restore the STAR Rebate Check for seniors.
“The return of the STAR Rebate will give struggling seniors on fixed incomes a little breathing room,” said Senator Zeldin. “The Rebate Check should not have been repealed in 2009 and it is important that we bring it back to provide property tax relief to seniors who need it most.”
Islip Terrace, N.Y. – As negotiations continue on the 2012-13 State Budget, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), State Senator John Flanagan (R, C, I- East Northport), chair of the Senate Education Committee, State Senator Owen J. Johnson (R, C, I- West Babylon), and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (R, C, I- Bay Shore), attended the East Islip School District’s Legislative Breakfast this past Friday, March 23, 2012, to discuss the district’s fiscal priorities and ways to ensure equitable funding for our schools here on Long Island.
Final Agreement Includes Important Initiatives For 3rd Senate District
Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today announced that several key initiatives for which he fought to provide tax relief and protect vital programs and services have been included in the 2013-14 New York State Budget.
“This is the third year in a row that the state budget has been passed on time, and this year’s budget reflects the earliest date a state budget has been passed in more than 30 years,” said Senator Zeldin. “Considering the state’s history of late budgets, this is an important new standard.