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Published on Jun 29, 2011
Albany, N.Y., June 24—State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the conclusion of the Legislature's 2011 regular session, his first as a state senator:
"The Legislature is leaving Albany with no spending increases, no new state taxes or fees, and without borrowing to increase the state's already-high burden of debt. That's pretty remarkable by Albany's standards over the past decade, and it's about time.
"Equally important, we've refocused state government's commitment to meaningful Medicaid reform, upstate property tax and mandate relief, a better business climate and a streamlined bureaucracy. Overall, it's been a positive session for state taxpayers.
"We still have a long way to go in the area of mandate relief, but this marks the start that's needed for the deeper mandate relief that now remains the number one priority. I will continue to do anything and everything possible to encourage the governor and the Legislature to put in place the necessary mandate relief to make this property tax cap as effective as it can be. That's especially true in the area of Medicaid, the heaviest unfunded mandate burdening localities."