Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos responds to our city’s plea/blame game (aka The Cost of State Senate Inaction: $183 Per Year, Per Household). Because his response was published in the LB Herald, I’m uncomfortable doing the old “copy and paste” of the entire letter, since it’s not exactly a press release. You can read the enter letter here: LB Herald – Skelos to city: blaming me for a tax increase is absurd, where Skelos says:
“I have read City Manager Jack Schnirman’s recent letter regarding the City of Long Beach’s ongoing financial problems and I continue to be troubled by his insistence on borrowing to address these problems, rather than following the state’s example of spending reductions and belt tightening.
…..Long Beach was not the only locality that sought legislation to authorize borrowing to close a budget deficit. The Senate refused to approve similar requests from other localities. In addition, we did not act on any requests to raise local sales taxes regardless of whether they came from Democrat or Republican administrations. Taxpayers have simply had enough of increases in spending, taxes and borrowing.”
Read the full letter to the editor @ The LB Herald – Skelos to city: blaming me for a tax increase is absurd