To keep Western New York moving in the right direction, we must continue to make our economy as strong as possible.  The 2016-17 State Budget accomplishes this goal in three important ways– by controlling spending, cutting taxes and investing in our community.

For the sixth year in a row, the budget restrains spending growth to below two percent.  This self-imposed spending cap has saved taxpayers approximately $31 billion.  A spending cap is critical to protecting taxpayers from higher taxes in future years.

ALBANY – Local volunteer firefighters are a tremendous resource for our community, not only saving lives but also helping hardworking taxpayers save billions of dollars that would otherwise add to the local property tax burden. But this service can sometimes come at a cost to their personal health.