Friend: Majority Votes Down 2/3 Super Majority To Raise Taxes

Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats), a sponsor of Assembly Bill 4665, which would require a 2/3 super majority in both houses to raise state taxes, saw the measure voted down on the floor today by the Assembly Majority.

“Raising taxes should be harder than a straight party line vote,” Friend said. “A 2/3 super majority would provide an extra layer of protection for the people of New York who are already overtaxed, over-regulated and tired of Albany taking their hard-earned money. If we institute this protection, maybe fewer of our neighbors would be looking to flee the state for greener pastures. This measure would have shown the proper respect for the people we represent, and they deserve better than what happened on the floor today.”