Wondering what the Assembly Republicans’ major talking point for 2013 may be? An State of the State “prebuttal” from Minority Leader Brian Kolb makes it pretty clear—jobs.
Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Ontario County, uses the word no fewer than five times in a new video outlining his conference’s priorities, released in advance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address tomorrow.
“Some of those ideas I hope that he will include will certainly be a focus on creating jobs, jobs, jobs for those that need jobs and are looking for jobs in our economic environment,” Kolb said.
Among the other priorities outlined by Kolb:
- Downsizing state government. “As an example, consolidating the Thruway Authority with the Department of Transportation,” he said.
- “Providing local tax relief for municipalities and school districts by focusing on reducing unfunded mandates.”
- Making the state’s current, temporary tax brackets permanent for the middle class. A 2011 law passed by the Legislature included a modest tax cut for the middle class as part of a rejiggering of the tax code, but those expire at the end of 2014.
Here’s Kolb’s video: