Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin Explains His Opposition to Cuomo's Tax Plan

 Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin Explains His Opposition to Cuomo's Tax Plan

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (Photo: Facebook)

Steve McLaughlin, one of the eight Assemblymen who voted against Governor Cuomo’s tax plan, outlined his opposition in a posting on Facebook. “This bill was a shell game that changed nothing, cut no spending, and increased taxes,” Assemblyman McLaughlin wrote.¬†

On Facebook, Assemblyman McLaughlin, who represents the 108th District in the Capitol Region, said the plan accomplished nothing and blasted the closed door, rapid-fire nature of the negotiations between Governor Cuomo, Senator Skelos and Speaker Silver.

“Any time Albany rushes something through on a message of necessity, it isn’t good,” Assemblyman McLaughlin wrote. “Why would changing the tax code for 19 million people need to be done in a rush with no consideration or debate? Because the three men in a room knew this was a bill that achieved next to nothing.”

Governor Cuomo’s tax plan¬†passed December 8 with unanimous support in the State Senate and 132 assenting votes in the Assembly. The governor¬†introduced his bill and shored up support from Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in a matter of days before many legislators had an opportunity to see the plan. The governor’s tax plan included cuts for all but the richest New Yorkers, who make over $2 million per year, and he managed to obtain support from politicians on both sides of the aisle. Even insiders who expressed unhappiness with the plan hailed it as a masterpiece of political maneuvering.

Assemblyman McLaughlin’s critique came in a comment posted on a discussion of the tax plan on the Facebook page Assemblyman Steve Katz’s wife, Nicole Katz. Ms. Katz’s Facebook page has been quite a hotbed of political activity of late. As of this writing, Assemblyman McLaughlin has not responded to The Politicker’s request for comment on this story.