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150th NY State Assembly Candidate Goodell speaks to STB Assoc., and is now online.

July 6, 2010

Andrew Goodell Speaks To So. Tier Builder Association

POST-JOURNAL: July 4, 2010

State Assembly candidate Andy Goodell received a round of applause when he spoke to members of the Southern Tier Builders Association, who the group’s executive director said are fed up with the oppressive state taxes and regulations that hurt the construction industry and kill construction jobs. Goodell was introduced at the annual dinner following its golf tournament.

“New York’s burdensome regulations and taxes dramatically increase the cost of construction, which results in fewer construction projects and fewer construction jobs,” explained Brad Walters, executive director of the Southern Tier Builders Association.

New York is the only state in the nation that imposes strict liability on construction companies for any injuries from an elevated surface, regardless of fault. As a result, construction insurance is much higher in New York than in other states, increasing the cost to businesses and homeowners who are building in New York. New York also allows third party over compensation, which defeats the purpose and intent of workers compensation program and increases costs.

Goodell noted that high taxes kill construction jobs in several different ways. First, the higher taxes and expensive regulations increase the cost of construction he said, which hurts anyone who wants to build in our area.

Second, the high business taxes and unfriendly business environment in New York discourage businesses from investing in this state, he said. According to data from the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., it is more expensive to do business in New York than in any other state. As a result, new business construction often occurs elsewhere, resulting in few construction jobs in New York.

Third, high property taxes caused by expensive state mandates on local governments kill construction jobs by depressing the local real estate market, he said. As property taxes increase, the amount left over for the homeowner to buy or build a house goes down, he said. The more depressed the real estate market, the greater the price differential between an existing house and a newly constructed house, resulting in fewer new homes and fewer construction jobs, Goodell said.

Finally, high taxes make it more difficult to afford new construction. Goodell said businessmen and homeowners cannot afford to spend more on new construction when they spend too much on taxes. Communities in other states enjoy much larger and newer houses because the property taxes are so much lower.

Goodell stated, “The solution is to cut both state and local taxes by reforming Medicaid and welfare, and dramatically reform the regulatory environment.”

In fact, all 10 of the counties with the highest property taxes in the nation are located in New York State because of the huge cost of state-mandated welfare and Medicaid. New York State spends about three times more per resident on Medicaid than does California, and offers virtually unlimited coverage to those on welfare. Goodell said that by implementing real Medicaid and welfare reform, both the State government and the local governments could cut taxes.

Sen. Cathy Young has been urging the state government to delay the 10 percent increase in welfare benefits scheduled for this year, but the Democrat Assembly leadership has refused to consider delaying these benefits. “As an Assemblyman, I will be a strong ally of Sen. Young in fighting for lower taxes,” said Goodell.

“New York State needs real reform,” said Goodell. “The people demand reform. The people deserve reform. As Assemblyman, I will support and sponsor legislation to cut expensive programs to enable tax cuts on both the State and local level, and reform expensive regulations. New York State must be more competitive and more business friendly. In the process, we will increase home values, add new jobs in manufacturing, and help create more jobs in the construction industry.”

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