State Democrats released a budget 'wish list' Wednesday that includes a $2 billion state tax increase.
The Democrat's budget proposal is set at $170 billion. It includes investments into programs such as higher education, health care, and criminal justice reform.
Both Republican Assemblyman Marc Butler of Newport, and Republican Assemblyman Brian Miller of New Hartford disagree with the increased spending plan.
"Democrats came out with their $170.2 billion wish list today, in a year where we have a projected hole in the budget which is unacceptable," Miller said. "Plus they're coming up with $2 billion in new revenue, new taxes spending plan, so I voted no on today's plan."
Assemblyman Butler said New Yorkers are already overburdened, and the Democrat spending plan would only make matter worse.
"I gladly voted no on the assembly democrats' budget proposal which would increase state taxes by nearly $2 billion, would cache $535 million as undesignated funds merely because they don't know how they want to spend the money and would cut property tax relief for struggling New York homeowners," Butler said.
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is responding to their criticisms, saying:
"In this resolution, I support education funding for our high needs schools so students there have a pathway to future success. I also support funding for career training, and funds to combat the opioid addiction crisis that affects so many families. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the coming days to produce an on time budget."
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