A Statement from Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn/Staten Island.)

“Gov. Cuomo has outlined an ambitious agenda for the year. While I can support some of it, much of the plan will come at a hefty cost to already-overburdened taxpayers. We cannot continue to spend taxpayer dollars as if we are paying with Bitcoins, Chuck-E-Cheese tokens or Monopoly money. Tax dollars are real and limited. At a time when we are debating how Washington’s tax cuts will benefit more than 80 percent of the nation’s taxpayers, those in low-tax states, we should be looking for ways to shift, cut and prioritize spending to reduce taxes on New Yorkers and make our state more competitive.

“The governor is blaming Washington’s tax cut for making New York uncompetitive, but the real reason New York is poised to lose job creators and residents is because we tax and spend to death. Fixing our tax code must be our top priority this year so New Yorkers too can celebrate the benefits of our new federal tax plan.”