Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the 2017-2018 Budget But Were Afraid to Ask

By Kieran Lalor, on Apr 10, 2017

Each year the budget is the single biggest opportunity to get the state on the right financial track. Huge swaths of our state outside New York City and parts of the city's immediate metropolitan area are dying. Areas upstate and within the metro area continue to decay due to dependency, crime, addiction, high taxes, lack of economic opportunity and hopelessness. Such is the trajectory of our state.

Budget is a Job Killer With Few Positive Provisions

By Kieran Lalor, on Apr 5, 2016

 Dear Friends,

The handful of modestly-positive aspects of the budget are dramatically outweighed by the secret and rushed process that produced it, as well as the anti-business provisions, increased spending, Safe Act funding, and continuation of massive corporate welfare schemes among other deficiencies.

To put into perspective how liberal this budget is, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the former Bronx County Democrat Chair, said of it, “This is exactly type of budget that Democrats dream about.” For the reasons stated below, I voted against this year’s budget.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in NY's Budget

By Kieran Lalor, on Apr 1, 2015

"In five years, Governor Cuomo has increased an already bloated budget by 10%. That’s $14 billion more this year than just five years ago. Florida has a larger population and half the state budget. How can we compete with that if we don’t get spending under control? This budget doesn’t do anything to make New York more job-friendly or stop the exodus of New Yorkers to other states. There are a few good things in this budget, many bad things and some downright ugly aspects. Consequently, I voted against the budget bills."

Cuomo's Budget Doesn't Fix What Ails New York - Statement on the 2014/15 Budget from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill)

By Kieran Lalor, on Apr 1, 2014

"I voted no on each budget bill because Governor Cuomo and the legislature continue to take New York down the wrong road. We're still the highest-taxed, most regulated state in the country and this budget does little to turn that around. "

No Mandate Relief/Tax Freeze Gimmick

Lalor Poughkeepsie Journal Op Ed: Wasteful Budget Hurts Vulnerable, Helps Elites, Continues State’s Declince

By Kieran Lalor, on Apr 7, 2013

I voted against the state budget because it favors the powerful over the powerless, wastes tax dollars and left unaddressed our most pressing problems.    


Cuomo's Budget - The Good(ish), the Bad and the Ugly

By Kieran Lalor, on Mar 22, 2013

The budget deal has a few good(ish) breaks for taxpayers, heavily out-weighed by a bad economic vision. I'll be voting no on the budget.

Tax rebates
The limited group of New Yorkers who receive these rebates will get a much needed tax break. But, this is not a permanent tax cut. The rebates will hit during an election year and then Albany is free to take them away in two years. Permanent cuts to tax rates would have better served New Yorkers and the state. In the past, rebate checks have cost the state up to $2 million dollars in postage. The governor could have done better than this.

No taxpayer financed campaigns
There's no mention of taxpayer-funded political campaigns in the budget deal. That's good for taxpayers because the plan would cost at least $200 million. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund politician's ambitions. Let's hope Governor Cuomo drops this idea for good, but my hunch is this could come up again before the end of the session.

"Phasing out" the 18a electricity tax
It's not encouraging to hear that instead of eliminating a tax that is set to expire, it will be "phased out." This tax was set to expire in 2014. Now we're 'phasing it' out over three years. According to candidate Cuomo's own words, this is a tax increase. There's no guarantee that future budgets will be bound by the "phase out" plan. Down the road, legislators and the governor may just decide that they still need the revenue and extend the 'phase out' period. When a tax is set to expire, let it die. Otherwise, it will live on as a zombie, just waiting for politicians to feed it. It's a regressive tax. It's a hidden tax. It should have expired, but it's likely we'll see the budget's tax rebates expire before the electricity tax is finally "phased out."

Cuomo's Budget: Spend, Spend, Spend, But No Tax Relief

By Kieran Lalor, on Jan 22, 2013

On tax rates: "While governors in other states are looking to eliminate their state income taxes, Governor Cuomo is patting himself on the back for not raising taxes.  If the governor thinks taxes in New York are so high that we need tax-free "hot spots" to attract businesses, why not just lower taxes across the board?  Either New York has a tax rate that works, or it doesn't.  If we have to give special tax breaks to businesses to come to New York that means our tax rate doesn't work.  All New Yorkers need tax relief, not just a few companies with political connections."

On spending and funny budget math: 
"The governor has been playing fast and loose with his accounting.  His last budget has left the state $1.3 billion in the hole and the state is resorting to accounting tricks, like delaying billions in payments to school districts, to keep the books balanced.  The governor can't keep this sleight of hand going. The money for all of the governor's new spending proposals has to come from somewhere.  He's planning on accounting tricks to fill in the gaps"