Barclay: Unfunded Mandates Continue to Poison Legislature in New Year

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I Pulaski) released the following statement today after the Assembly passed a bill that would pass housing costs along to the state and counties

"Today's first bill of the year that passed the Assembly contained more unfunded mandates that localities and counties will be forced to pay. A2565 is the type of bill that our state simply cannot afford any longer. Though it gives a substantial housing discount to those living with AIDS and HIV and caps the cost of shelter at 30 percent of the household income, it comes at taxpayers' expense.

"The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance confirms that the cost of this bill alone would amount to $31 million, with the state paying half and counties being forced to pay the other half. While New York City would be most greatly affected by this bill, counties outside of New York City would still have to pay an additional $.5 million. The bill became effective immediately also, which gives counties little to no time to come up with the funding in this year's budget.

"It's not so much who this bill will provide for but the mentality behind it that concerns me. Here were are, the first bill of the year, and instead of passing something that facilitates job growth or easing taxpayers' burdens, we're focused on shouldering more costs that we can't afford. For these reasons, I voted against this latest measure. I hope this bill is not indicative of our 2010 session."

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