Bill Hamond’s July 7 column, “How Dean Skelos can save New York’s Republican Party,” is right that Sen. Skelos needs to lead on fiscally responsible policy such as property tax caps. His about-face in favor of tax caps is a step in the right direction; however, undisciplined spending and government reform must also be tackled to show a true commitment to voters.
Attempting to play politics with powerful special interests at the expense of taxpayers is not a productive approach to governing. All legislators need to recognize that by advancing policy that encourages fiscal discipline and uses free-market solutions, they can help yield results that all New York voters can get behind: economic prosperity.
John Nothdurft ([email protected]) is the budget and tax legislative specialist for The Heartland Institute.