Empire State Libertarians has endorsed Carl Paladino over Rick Lazio in the New York State Republican Gubernatorial Primary scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. This endorsement was made to provide guidance to libertarians in New York State who have not decided whether to vote for Paladino or Lazio in the primary.
If elected Governor of the State of New York, Carl Paladino has promised to:
1) CUT INCOME TAXES BY 10% BY JUNE 2011: New Yorkers are taxed way too much. Carl won't cap taxes, he'll cut taxes. Capping is gutless; cutting takes courage.
2) CUT THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT BY 20% BY DECEMBER 2011: New York State government is far too big and spends too much. He'll cut by eliminating entire agencies and departments and trimming unnecessary staff across the government.
3) CUT MEDICAID BY $20 BILLION IN HIS FIRST BUDGET: New York offers more gold-plated Medicaid optional benefits than any other state and this is killing our taxpayers. Carl will cut these optional benefits back to California levels - still the second most expensive Medicaid state in America - saving New Yorkers $10 Billion in taxes.
4) CUT BUSINESS TAXES TO ENCOURAGE JOB RETENTION AND GROWTH: Carl will give New York's existing manufacturers, farmers and other businesses a tax holiday if they reinvest this money to keep or create jobs.
Dr. Tom Stevens, Founder of Empire State Libertarians, said:
Carl Paladino was not given the opportunity to agree with our Candidate Endorsement Statement for 2010. However, after Warren Redlich, the New York State Libertarian Party's Gubernatorial Candidate, came out and endorsed Rick Lazio, I thought it important for Empire State Libertarians to weigh in with its own opinion as to who most represents libertarian political philosophy in that very important race. There is no doubt in my mind that Carl Paladino is that candidate. I encourage all registered Republicans to vote for him in the New York State Republican Gubernatorial Primary.
Dr. Tom Stevens serves as Political Director of the Libertarian Party of Queens County and is the Founder of Libertarian Patriots.