In the coming year, Unshackle Upstate is calling for a permanent 2 percent property tax cap, creation of a $3.5 billion infrastructure bank and other pro-growth measures.
The education and advocacy coalition, which is comprised of business and trade organizations from all parts of Upstate New York, on Wednesday released its policy agenda for 2015.
“A stronger New York starts with a stronger economy. Our 2015 policy agenda lays out numerous measures, both positive and negative, that could impact the taxpayers, employers and the state’s economy,” said Greg Biryla, executive director of Unshackle Upstate. “Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders should embrace pro-growth opportunities while avoiding the pitfalls that would erase the state’s economic progress.”
Highlights of the agenda, which can be found here, include:
• Making the property tax cap permanent;
• Investing in New York State’s aging infrastructure;
• Expanding and extending the Design-Build program; and
• Expanding and extending the Brownfield Cleanup program.
The organization also is opposed to Thruway toll hike and taxpayer-funded political campaigns.
“Thruway toll payers and hard-working taxpayers are tired of being treated like bottomless ATMs,” Biryla said. “Our organization will continue to take a stand against these senseless proposals.”
Sandra Parker, Rochester Business Alliance Inc. president and CEO and Unshackle Upstate co-founder, applauded the agenda.
“Unshackle Upstate’s 2015 agenda highlights many longstanding issues that have prevented the upstate economy from reaching its full potential,” Parker said. “Enacting the regulatory reforms and broad-based tax relief items, as outlined in the agenda will deliver tremendous benefits to taxpayers and businesses.”
Biryla, who previously served as Unshackle Upstate’s director of development, was named to his new role earlier this month. He succeeds Brian Sampson, who left the organization to take a job with the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.
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