On the state level we are getting our fiscal house in order and lowering taxes for the middle-class and small businesses:
- Ellen voted for the lowest rates for the middle-class in New York State since 1954.
- Credit-rating agency Standard and Poor’s upgraded New York’s bond rating to an A+.
- Ellen has fought to abolish the MTA payroll tax and succeeded in getting in repealed for 80% of our small businesses ses and for both public and private elementary and secondary schools.
- Ellen remains committed to fighting for additional progressive tax reform, including in our corporate tax structure, and to exempt non-profits and municipalities from the MTA payroll tax.
On the local level property tax reform is a must for families to afford to stay in Rockland. Ellen believes in order to lower local taxes we must:
- Rethink the way we fund education and increase state aid to schools;
- Enact an omnibus middle class circuit-breaker tax cap, phased in over four years for increased tax breaks;
- Continue of STAR and enhanced STAR;
- Cut costs to decrease what we pay;
- Stop unfunded mandates now.
Ellen has delivered in Albany by:
- Closing a loophole called Safe Harmless which increased aid to Rockland Schools by millions;
- Co-writing a bipartisan bill to enact a modest circuit breaker;
- Voting for Tier V pension reform, which will cut costs to school districts by millions and save taxpayers millions for generations to come;
- Allowing local governments to make cooperative purchase arrangements, which cut costs and increase efficiency;
- Working with business organizations at home to strengthen small businesses, attract new businesses to increase the tax base;
- Arranging meetings with the state to boost business development as a result of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.