Leader Kolb’s score of 93 tops the list for all Legislative Leaders, and is among some of the highest in the New York State Assembly
New York State Assembly Republican Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) today announced that he received an impressive score of 93 on Unshackle Upstate’s “2012 Legislative Scorecard.” Unshackle Upstate is a leading pro-taxpayer, pro-economic growth advocacy coalition in New York State and Leader Kolb’s score of 93 out of 100 is the highest for any Legislative Leader in State government and ranks among some of the highest scores in the Assembly.
Unshackle Upstate’s 2012 Legislative Scorecard for Assembly Members is available at:
According to Unshackle Upstate, its 2012 Legislative Scorecard “graded legislators on their legislative and budget votes and sponsorship of targeted bills during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions. Unshackle’s scorecard grades consist of points accumulated or lost based on legislators’ sponsorships and floor votes on bills that Unshackle Upstate either supported or opposed.”
“Without question, Unshackle Upstate has is one of the most important voices in the ongoing fight to protect taxpayers, enact pro-growth economic policies and change the way Albany does the people’s business,” Leader Kolb said.
“The property tax cap, two on-time State Budgets that reduced spending and closed a $13.5 billion budget deficit, the first step toward Medicaid mandate relief, the beginning of pension reform, all were labeled by the pundits and naysayers as impossible pipe dreams. The principled advocacy of Unshackle Upstate and its Executive Director Brian Sampson has helped make those dreams come true. We proved the pundits and the naysayers wrong and are moving Albany in a positive, new direction,” Leader Kolb stated.
“Unshackle Upstate has stood with me and Members of our Assembly Republican Conference in fighting the good fight against fiscal irresponsibility, tax and fee hikes and unsustainable government spending. Unshackle Upstate and its grassroots ‘Unshackle Army’ are a respected voice for rebuilding our economy, protecting taxpayers and shrinking the size, cost and reach of State government so we can grow the private sector,” Leader Kolb said.
“Yes, there is still more – much more – that must be accomplished before we can say Albany has been completely transformed, but real change is happening. I look forward to working with Unshackle Upstate to tackle remaining challenges such as delivering unfunded mandate relief for local governments and taxpayers, making New York’s economy more competitive by cutting taxes and job-killing red tape on job creators and enacting pro-growth policies that will ensure the Empire State is home to the innovation economy,” Leader Kolb concluded.
The bi-partisan Unshackle Upstate coalition – comprised of over 80 business and trade organizations representing over 70,000 companies and employing more than 1.5 million people from every Upstate region – is actively encouraging its supporters to share its 2012 Legislative Scorecards to educate and empower voters prior to Election Day 2012.
ABOUT LEADER KOLB:
As the former president of Refractron Technologies, and a co-founder of the North American Filter Corporation, Leader Kolb is the only Legislative Leader in state government that has started and run successful private sector companies.
Leader Kolb has drawn upon his more than 20 years of business experience to shape his legislative agenda – “GrowNY” – that would provide targeted tax cuts/tax credits to retain high-skilled workers, incentives to hire unemployed persons and support high-tech companies and “second-stage” small businesses. Leader Kolb has been an outspoken voice against tax and fee increases, wasteful Albany spending, and has opposed the proposed 45 percent Thruway toll hike on trucks and proposals to raise New York’s minimum wage.
For more details on Leader Kolb’s 93 score on Unshackle Upstate’s 2012 Legislative Scorecard, visit Unshackle Upstate at www.unshackleupstate.com or visit Leader Kolb’s website www.friendsofbriankolb.com.