Local legislators weigh in on state budget

By Lombardo David
Thursday, March 21, 2013

State Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, contends the state budget focuses on his key priorities of "job growth, tax relief for middle class families and additional education aid for our area schools."

In a statement released Thursday morning, he noted that the state Legislature is again on track for an on-time budget.

“The final budget will incorporate elements of the senate Republican Family Tax Relief Act, extending tax cuts to middle class workers, helping families with a $350 rebate check, and incorporating a total of $800 million in tax cuts," Seward said.

“Tax incentives to hire veterans and credits for giving a teenager his first job will spark job growth," he said. "The plan also eliminates the 18-a energy tax surcharge through a three-year phase out, lowering energy costs for businesses, farmers and every New Yorker."

The energy tax surcharge was set to expire, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo had pushed for a complete extension. The phase out appears to be a compromise with Senate Republicans, who were very vocal about letting it die. Seward was also vocal about letting it sunset.

The budget will also include a planned increase of the minimum wage, which Seward supports because of tax cuts that are part of the package.

“Finally, the budget agreement channels additional education aid to our area schools, particularly those most in need, and keeps the conversation focused on achieving balance in the formula used to distribute state dollars," Seward said.

A vote on the different parts of the budget are expected to be completed by Sunday.

We will update this page with more voices as we get them.

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