Posted by on January 9, 2014

I am encouraged that the governor has prioritized middle-class tax relief and job creation for this new legislative session. Albany should work to enhance economic development, rather than stifling small businesses with burdensome taxation. As always, the prosperity of our middle-class families is at the forefront of our agenda.

Strong educational infrastructure is paramount to the revitalization of our Central New York economy. We have fallen behind. According to a recent study by Pearson, the U.S. ranks a disappointing 17th in the world among developed nations in skill development and attainment. The implementation of Common Core was not well thought out; however, the need to raise standards is crucial for a number of reasons, including economic development, job creation, and keeping pace with an ever-changing global economy.

I look forward to working hard to turn our legislative goals into tangible progress for our families and communities.

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