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Griffo, Senate Republicans tout financial, economic plan

Posted 2/16/22

With joint legislative hearings on economic development and taxes taking place Wednesday, New York State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome, is pushing for a plan that he claims would increase …

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Griffo, Senate Republicans tout financial, economic plan

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With joint legislative hearings on economic development and taxes taking place Wednesday, New York State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome, is pushing for a plan that he claims would increase affordability and expand economic opportunity in New York while also stopping the exodus of families and businesses who are leaving the state for greater financial freedom and quality of life. 

The plan advanced by Griffo and the Senate Republican Conference includes cutting taxes through measures such as enacting a permanent, constitutional cap on runaway state spending; require a 2/3 vote of the state legislature for any tax increase; and temporarily suspending the state gas tax among other measures.

Other parts of the plan include cutting red tape and burdensome regulations; and capping unemployment taxes to protect businesses still struggling with pandemic recovery.  

Additionally, Griffo has put forth several proposals, introduced legislation and advocated for ideas and initiatives that will stop the exodus, a release notes.

These include a proposed, “$100 million ($80 million for additional police officers and $20 million for equipment) allocation to law enforcement agencies each year for the next three years; a complete repeal of the state’s bail changes made by the legislative majorities; changing discovery laws to include affirmative consent of witnesses; and instituting severe consequences for murdering a police officer – either mandatory life without parole or capital punishment…,” according to a release.

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