State of New York Archives: on Budget & Economy


Chris Christie: The rich are doing fine; cater to middle-income workers

Christie worked to sway Iowans skeptical of whether he fits the bill in the conservative state. It was his 11th visit to Iowa in five years. "If I was too blunt, too direct, too loud and too New Jersey for Iowa, then why do you people keep inviting me back?"

Christie promised voters, "you'll always know who I am," and spoke about his anti-abortion views.

"The rich are doing fine," he said, adding the party shouldn't cater to the wealthy at the expense of middle-income workers.

Source: N. Y. Post on 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit Jan 24, 2015

John Katko: The Washington Big Spenders' plan just isn't working

The Debt and Deficit: It's time Washington had a serious, face-to-face, bipartisan conversation about the issue. We're past just thinking about an intervention. It's time for a complete rehabilitation.

The national unemployment rate has fallen, but only because millions of frustrated job seekers have left the work force altogether. The labor market remains weak, and the proportion of adults with jobs has changed little.

Our chief problem is a lack of job creation. Government doesn't create jobs, small businessmen and women do. And the Washington Big Spenders' plan just isn't working... for America and especially for Central New York.

Source: 2014 N. Y. House campaign website, JohnKatkoForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Lee Zeldin: Bloated government's debt has become a great threat

In Washington DC, our elected leaders must do more to help create jobs, by eliminating costly mandates, simplifying our complex tax code, reducing burdensome tax rates, and cutting wasteful government spending to lower our nation's deficits.

It has been said that a government that is big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have. And today our bloated federal government is so big that its costs and debt have become a great threat to our children's future.

Source: 2014 N. Y. House campaign website, ZeldinForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

John Katko: Supports stimulus, to promote business growth

Q: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?

A: Yes.

Source: VoteSmart 2014 N. Y. Congressional Political Courage Test Aug 30, 2014

Rob Astorino: N.Y. is most regulated, least business friendly state

New York State is the highest taxed, most regulated, least business friendly state in America under Governor Cuomo. Rob Astorino will launch an aggressive, pro-growth and pro-jobs economic agenda to revitalize New York's stagnant economy.

He'll deliver bold reforms to New York's antiquated tax code and regulatory system, cut spending in real terms and reduce the cost of doing business in New York. That's how you grow an economy--not with empty TV ads.

Source: 2014 N. Y. gubernatorial campaign website, RobAstorino.com Jul 2, 2014

Kirsten Gillibrand: Tighten our belts but carefully, not a "slash-only approach"

Gillibrand hit Long on her pledge to not raise taxes to balance the federal budget. "We can tighten our belts. We can cut spending," Gillibrand said, "but we have to do it precisely and carefully. We cannot have a slash-only approach, like my opponent has."

Long campaigned on fiscal discipline and other conservative positions.

Source: New York Newsday on 2012 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 17, 2012

David Paterson: Enforce spending cap, even by constitutional amendment

I'm renewing my call for a spending cap. Now, I know that this will be met with a lot of resistance. But I fought 25 years to eradicate the Rockefeller Drug Laws, and I will put the same effort into seeing this become a law--even if it has to be passed b constitutional amendment.

We have got to find a procedure that cures the spending structure that has infected our budget process for the last 20 years. And the sooner we do that, the more control we will have over spending, not less. For as you may have observed in the past few weeks, the Governor will exercise authority to prevent this State from going into default. You have left me and other Governors no choice. So whether it be by vetoes or delayed spending, I will not write bad checks and we will not mortgage our children's future.

But the Legislature is the body of the people. And the Legislature should have an equal voice in deciding to hold spending in line with the times.

Source: N. Y. 2010 State of the State Address Jan 6, 2010

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