Brian M. Kolb is the New York State Assembly Minority Leader
The Assembly Minority Conference Is Leading The Fight For A Stronger Economy And A Better Business Climate In New York State.
As the new Assembly Minority Leader, I appreciate the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce asking me to participate in their "Message to the Members." With over 2,200 local businesses, the Chamber is a powerful voice that must be heard in the fight for a stronger economy and a better business climate in New York State.
These are exactly the priorities our Conference is working for by supporting real solutions like delivering tax relief, promoting economic development, growing our economy through the creation of more private sector jobs, lowering energy costs for all businesses, investing in our workforce and providing mandate relief.
Entering public service after a successful career in the private sector, I know how tough it is to own and operate a business -- especially here in New York, where an uncompetitive business climate fueled by job-killing taxes, high labor and energy costs, burdensome government red tape and an unresponsive state bureaucracy significantly add to your struggles.
Since August of 2008, our state has lost 212,200 private sector jobs and stands to lose another 22,000 from the personal income tax hike contained in this year's budget. The Conference I lead opposed that budget, which also contained $8.2 billion in tax and fee hikes and an unsustainable eight percent increase in government spending.
Our Conference is the driving force behind the push to enact a real property tax and state spending cap and implement the Suozzi Commission recommendations, including a property tax circuit breaker and unfunded mandate relief. Additionally, we called for a comprehensive job creation strategy, a statewide energy plan, extension of the Power for Jobs program, along with strengthening Empire Zones and Industrial Development Agencies. We also support an overhaul of State Agencies that are anti-economic development and act as roadblocks to job creation.