In Albany Times Union Op-ed, Cox Argues that Cuomo is Doing Little to Slow New York’s Decline
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Today is April Fools’ Day. The fact that Andrew Cuomo has ignored economic growth to focus on “progressive” policies that boost his national profile would make a great prank if it weren’t true.
Take a look at NYGOP Chair Ed Cox’s op-ed in the Albany Times Union this morning, and be sure to pass this around to spread the word:
State’s Decline is No Joke
The Albany Times Union
By Ed Cox
Today is April Fools’ Day. We’re two years and three months into the Andrew Cuomo era, and so far this administration feels like a giant prank.
Cuomo was elected to govern a state desperately in need of pro-growth policies to stem the hemorrhaging of citizens and jobs.
Instead, he’s focused on a progressive agenda aimed at boosting his national profile.
In doing so, he has abdicated his responsibility as governor.
He showed a remarkable lack of leadership in this year’s budget negotiations – he wasn’t even able to convince the Senate and Assembly to meet on the same day.
When it came to cutting the budget, Cuomo was happy to slash the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, but didn’t trim a penny from his $3 billion Regional Economic Development Council slush funds.
He showed even less leadership in passing the SAFE Act, rushing a bill through the Legislature in the middle of the night that administration sources are now admitting they didn’t actually write.
New Yorkers are already the most taxed people in the nation, and if you listen to the governor’s rhetoric you might believe that he has kept his campaign pledge not to raise tax rates. But by extending two taxes that were about to sunset, Cuomo’s budget actually increases New Yorkers’ tax burden.
Don’t take my word for it: in 2010, the last time one of these taxes was about to sunset, Cuomo said, “It’s a new tax. It was supposed to sunset. If it doesn’t sunset, it’s a tax.”
The minimum wage hike in this year’s budget is another economic loser for New York. A higher minimum wage means a higher hiring cost for businesses, and a higher hiring cost means fewer jobs, especially for lower-income minority youths.
Cuomo often touts his new Tier VI pension level as a silver bullet for New York’s out-of-control public pension rates, but the new tier won’t produce savings for decades. His initial interim proposal, for counties and municipalities to borrow against their Tier VI future savings, is so thin that it even earned derision from even the Democratic state party chair and Democratic state comptroller.
The same comptroller also found significant reductions in the level of government transparency in his review of Cuomo’s budget proposal. Does anyone else remember when Cuomo promised to be the most transparent governor in history?
New Yorkers could have used a little more transparency when it came to funding the new Buffalo Bills stadium. Cuomo secured a 12-seat luxury box for his administration’s use, essentially legalizing the same behavior that he prosecuted David Paterson for.
So far, Cuomo’s best guess as to how to jump start the economy is to build casinos. Casinos may provide revenue for the government, but they’re a blight on communities and prey off of some of our most vulnerable citizens. This idea would make a great April Fools’ Day gag if it wasn’t serious.
New Yorkers are starting to catch onto the fact that, with his focus on liberal issues, Andrew Cuomo is more interested in creating a name for himself than he is in creating jobs for New Yorkers. That’s why his approval rating just plummeted 19 points in three months.
So far, this governor has done nothing to slow the decline of the Empire State and is giving no indication that he’s going to change course. Until Cuomo puts job creation ahead of his own ambitions, New York will continue its relative decline amongst the states of the nation and nations of the world.
It’s April Fools’ Day, but that’s no joke.