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Tax Cuts, Jobs, Education Need Focus

Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) submitted the following statement after Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address:


“Our state’s agenda this year is simple, but bold: getting Albany out of the way so we can move the middle-class forward. By ending the cycle of high taxes, bureaucratic and political nonsense and mismanagement of our education system, we can create the more affordable, vibrant communities our families expect and deserve.  


“The time for talking about meaningful tax relief has passed. While the governor has put forth some beneficial temporary tax-cut measures, my Assembly Republican colleagues and I have put forth a bold slate of long-term tax-cut packages that would give our middle-class families and seniors the income and property tax relief necessary to afford to live on Long Island.


“Our economy has made some positive strides in the past three years, but more needs to be done. Nearly 700,000 New Yorkers are still out of work. Simply put, this is unacceptable. We need to get Albany’s bureaucratic red tape out of the way so we can pave the way for the quality expansion of jobs, so everyone, from college graduates to blue-collar workers, can find a successful career here on Long Island − not in Florida or Texas.


“Going forward this year, we need to take a long look at Common Core. Clearly, the implementation and high-stakes testing laid out in Common Core’s roll-out have caused more problems than they have solved. We need to listen to the concerns of teachers, parents and students and remedy Common Core, so we ensure our children receive the top-notch education they need to succeed.


“Nassau County is home to an energetic, hardworking middle-class. I look forward to working with Gov. Cuomo and my legislative colleagues to further strengthen its economy, schools and communities for all our families and seniors.”