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Posted on: January 16, 2024

BUDGET PROPOSAL DOES NOTHING TO STOP EXODUS OF STATE RESIDENTS TO NEW HOMES, SAYS COUNTY EXECUTIVE

STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR 2024 MISSES MARK AND SHOWS HIGH COST FOR OPEN BORDER AND SANCTUARY CITY POLICIES, SAYS RENSSELAER COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE MCLAUGHLIN

STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR 2024 MISSES MARK AND SHOWS HIGH COST FOR OPEN BORDER AND SANCTUARY CITY POLICIES, SAYS RENSSELAER COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE MCLAUGHLIN

BUDGET PROPOSAL DOES NOTHING TO STOP EXODUS OF STATE RESIDENTS TO NEW HOMES, SAYS COUNTY EXECUTIVE

The New York State budget proposal for fiscal year 2024 will continue the state on the wrong track, and only deepen problems faced by the state, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin said.

The budget introduced Tuesday by Governor Hochul includes a proposal to spend an additional $2.4 billion to deal with migrants, a self-created problem caused by progressive support for open borders and sanctuary cities.

Even worse, other officials, including New York City Mayor Adams, say the amount needed to deal with illegal migrants is actually several times more, and closer to $10 billion. To protect Rensselaer County from a flood of illegal migrants, McLaughlin enacted a state of emergency prohibiting illegal migrants from being housed in the county by businesses or municipalities. The county’s state of emergency was enacted in May and remains in place.

“Open borders are going to result in a broke New York State,” said McLaughlin.

“Progressives and the President and Governor have refused to end open borders and sanctuary cities policies and now a very heavy, heavy bill is coming due,” added McLaughlin.

“Money that could be used to reduce taxes for New Yorkers, improve services and care for those state residents less fortunate is instead being used a costly stopgap because progressives refused to admit their open border and sanctuary cities policies are wrong and inhumane for all involved,” he added.

Rensselaer County by comparison, is becoming recognized across the state for reducing taxes under McLaughlin’s leadership, with the county property tax rate reduced by 37 percent, and county finances receiving historic ratings. The county has paved a record 255 miles of roads during the past six years with McLaughlin as Executive, attracted significant job growth and investment, and is in the process of a comprehensive improvement of county facilities.

“We are showing that in Rensselaer County it is possible to protect taxpayers and reduce property taxes, attract new jobs and growth, and improve important services with common-sense, reality-based policies,” said McLaughlin.

“Sadly, there are enormous amounts of money being spent in our state because of failed progressive policies and disastrous decisions like bail reform, higher taxes and oppressive regulations. An inability to address these failures by the Governor and the Legislature’s majority will only deepen the problems in our state,” added McLaughlin.

New York State has again led the nation in numbers of residents moving and finding homes in other states. The 2024 state budget proposal does nothing to correct that troubling trend.

“You have New York State and the Governor refusing to deal with high state taxes and the heavy cost of living. The worry is that more residents will join the exodus, and that more families and neighborhoods will be torn apart,” added McLaughlin.

“Residents are being sent a clear message that the problems of illegal migrants take priority in New York State, and long-standing problems like high taxes and the flight of New Yorkers do not receive the attention they deserve,” said McLaughlin.

There are problems across the state because of shortages in mental health services and homelessness, McLaughlin noted. There is a need for more resources to deal with these problems, with providers across the Capital Region and upstate calling on the state for help.

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