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Issue Position: 4 Principles to Improve CNY Farming

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Assemblyman Bill Magee has spent 22 years gaining seniority and chairing committees in the majority party. The result of this type of representation in Albany we've seen a slow, steady decline in our local farming. Sure, Assemblyman Bill Magee cares about the farmer but his process of legislation hasn't benefited the farmer.

I believe there are four principles to improve farming in New York. These principles will not only help farmers but every citizen and business. Simply put, to improve business New York government needs to get smaller and get out of the way.

Four Principles

1. Reduce New York State Government Spending
2. Cut New York State Taxes
3. Simplify Regulations
4. End Unfunded Mandates

Reduce New York State Government Spending

New York is spending too much money in relation to it's gross domestic product. This increase in spending results in a subsequent increase in taxes. It's not just New York's budget either, even when we spend local and federal monies we incur a tax, even on borrowed federal dollars.

Some people applaud the government doling out economic grants and loans. I do not. The reason being is that the government has to take the money from other citizens first. The government also has to fund overhead to manage the office that oversee's the program. Finally, it assumes the government knows how to manage an industry better than a free market.
Cut New York State Farming Taxes

Because we spend so much money at the state level, New York government is obligated to tax to fund the spending. However, I believe that if we can cut taxes even more we can incentivize businesses to return. A lower tax rate may actually increase revenue to the New York State Treasury. Farms have an additional challenge with the amount of land they farm and local property taxes.
Simplify Farming Regulations

Regulations are a tax, just not measured in how much it hurts business. While some regulations are valid, many tend to be tedious and parental in nature. We need to go through all New York's regulatory code and eliminate unnecessary, outdated regulations. Getting rid of these regulations will get farmers out in the field and cut their costs.
End Unfunded Mandates

New York is notorious for mandating a local government meet a requirement yet not provide the local government the funding to achieve the desired outcome. What happens next is that the local government has to raise taxes or cut other services.
Major Legislation Levi Spires Supports

* Not Increasing New York's Minimum Wage
* Repeal Wicks Law
* End Triborough Amendment
* Reduce Licensing Fees
* Tort Reform

We Can Improve Farming Again

Things don't have to be this way. We don't have to have to elect a representative to fight for our share. Instead, we can simply government and let farmers do what they do best: produce the food the world demands.

The major challenge Assemblyman Bill Magee has is that all his legislation must be first approved by Speaker Silver. Being in the minority party I don't have to play by those rules. I can create bills and take them to the Senate, Governor, press, and you. Together we can force the Assembly to vote on the legislation.

It's time that we someone that stopped trying to lead legislation that only Assemblyman Silver approves. I have the energy, expertise, education, and experience to lead this effort. Please support my campaign. We can win in 2012!


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