Kolb criticizes agreement -- and the process

2011-12-06T20:31:00Z Kolb criticizes agreement -- and the processBy Robert Harding Auburn Citizen
December 06, 2011 8:31 pm  • 

Don't count Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb among those cheering today's agreement between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders on an economic package and changes to the tax structure. 

Kolb issued a statement tonight criticizing the deal for not addressing the state's spending issues and for not including mandate relief for local governments. 

He also criticized the process that led to this agreement.

"From what has been reported in the media so far, the bottom line is that taxes are being raised in New York State and we are still not dealing with our state's serious spending problem. There is still no significant unfunded mandate relief for local governments. We should be protecting taxpayers by capping local Medicaid costs, enacting a state spending cap and doing this through an open, public process where these issues are debated and discussed in the light of day, not through secret deals behind closed doors by three-men-in-a-room. Tax hikes have never been the answer for creating more private sector jobs and long-term prosperity for New Yorkers. That still holds true today."

Kolb has previously voiced his opposition to the millionaires tax, or what he called the "Success Tax." So it's not a surprise to see him come out against this agreement, which does set a tax rate of 8.82 percent on those earning $2 million or more per year. 

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