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Republican lawmakers criticize ‘one’ budget proposal by Democrats who control state legislature

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State Senator Tom O’Mara criticized the Senate Democrat majority’s budget resolution, approved on March 14, for proposing billions in new spending, which he deemed “unsustainable and unwarranted.” O’Mara argued that this level of spending could harm the state’s economy and drive residents out of New York. The proposed budget by the Senate Democrats stands at approximately $246 billion, around $13 billion more than Governor Kathy Hochul’s already elevated $233-billion plan.

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O’Mara warned that the significant increase in the budget would be funded through higher income and corporate taxes among other financial maneuvers. He voiced concerns that such fiscal strategies fail to address New York’s issues with affordability and could exacerbate the state’s exodus. He highlighted the increase in total government spending by 44% since the Democrats took control in 2018.

As negotiations with Governor Hochul continue towards a final budget due by April 1, O’Mara and the Senate Republican conference advocate for fiscal responsibility, broad-based tax relief, and a reduction in state debt to encourage economic growth and relieve the tax burden on New Yorkers.

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