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Republicans provide counter to Democrats proposals, but will they be considered?

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State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt, along with Deputy Republican Leader Andrew Lanza, Senator Thomas O’Mara, and Senator Bill Weber, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins on Monday urging the adoption of the Senate Republican Conference’s priorities that are included in their comprehensive “Rescue NY Agenda.”

With the Senate and Assembly expected to vote on their One-House Budgets next week, negotiations will soon be accelerating on the FY 2024 State Budget. The Senate Republican Conference is urging the adoption of several key economic, public safety, and quality-of-life proposals that would directly benefit millions of hardworking, taxpaying New Yorkers.

“From crushing taxes and runaway government spending, to pro-criminal policies that have made New York more dangerous, to intrusive state mandates and government overreach, One Party Rule has clearly been failing the people of our state. With families and seniors struggling to pay for fuel and essential groceries, a weak and battered economy, and a criminal justice system that is failing to protect law-abiding citizens, New Yorkers are demanding action. The common sense solutions and priorities laid out in our ‘Rescue NY Agenda’ would immediately address these critical concerns and must be included in the final Enacted Budget,” said Senate Republican Leader Ortt.

The Senate Republican Conference previously unveiled the “Rescue NY Agenda” ahead of the 2023 Legislative Session, a series of important proposals designed to create a safer, stronger, more affordable, and more free New York. The comprehensive plan reflects a strong commitment to responsible stewardship of tax dollars, jump-starting our slow economic recovery, and restoring common sense to our criminal justice system.

The letter to the Senate Majority Leader highlighted measures such as cutting the Empire State’s highest-in-the-nation tax burden and controlling government spending, reducing the cost of living for families and all residents, improving New York’s worst-in-the-nation business climate, enacting climate policies that ensure access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy, restoring common sense to the criminal justice system to prevent crime and protect New Yorkers, increasing efforts and investment to address the opioid and mental health crises, supporting and protecting seniors, providing a high-quality education to all students, expanding economic opportunity and strengthening the workforce, investing in infrastructure for the 21st century, helping veterans and military families thrive, upholding the rights of New Yorkers, and improving state governance and restoring accountability.

As negotiations on the FY 2024 State Budget begin, the Senate Republican Conference hopes that their priorities will be taken into consideration and included in the final budget to benefit all New Yorkers.