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Miller: Tax and mandate relief a must for economic recovery

Assemblyman Don Miller (R,C,I- Clay) participated in the property-tax-cap hearing held by the New York State Assembly in Albany on March 1, during which he cited job growth as "New York's number-one priority," and emphasized his plan for a zero-growth property-tax proposal.

Miller was a panelist during the hearing, and stressed the need to reduce the financial burden on Central New Yorkers in order to promote job growth. County and school administrators that support a cap on property taxes but oppose current legislation that does not also include substantial unfunded mandate relief also participated in the hearing.

"Families, employers, and jobs are fleeing our region because of the sky-high tax burden," Miller said. "I must stress that [the] public hearing was only the beginning, a hopeful start, to comprehensive tax-and-spending relief for taxpayers. Lawmakers must make tough choices to cut runaway spending and reduce-not control, but reduce-taxes today because this is the responsible choice for our children."

"I'm urging my colleagues to support a comprehensive, zero-growth property-tax cap to end the malicious effects unfunded mandates are having on our local governments and schools. In the coming weeks, I will introduce legislation to make sure we reduce taxes and end unfunded mandates, not kick the can farther down the road to the detriment of our children."

Stephen Acquario, executive director of the New York State Association of Counties, stated to Miller and his colleagues that nine of the largest state mandates make up 90 percent of county taxes.

"The figures presented by Mr. Acquario are telling: Albany is killing our local governments with unfunded mandates. It's time to pull the plug on dangerous unfunded mandates. Enough of Albany deciding what's right for our families; let our local governments and schools determine what's right for Central New York and its taxpayers."

Assemblyman Miller represents the 121st Assembly District, which is comprised of the towns of Clay, Cicero, Manlius, Pompey, and LaFayette. For more information on Assemblyman Miller, contact his office at 5711 South Bay Road in Cicero, or by calling 452-1115.

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