It's been mentioned quite a bit on this blog that the Partnership is aggressively amping up it's political involvement this election season, with one goal in mind: to bring the New York State Senate to a more Upstate-friendly majority. A main cog in accomplishing that goal is electing Assemblyman Jack Quinn to the Senate for the 58th Senate District (encompassing Hamburg, Lackawanna, Cheektowaga, West Seneca, South Buffalo and Eden).
Quinn's race is being viewed state-wide as the difference maker in who hold the Majority in next year's Senate, but that's not the only reason he deserves our support. Quinn has been one of the most savvy and effective representatives of the Buffalo Niagara employer community, actively engaging Partnership members on legislation and issues regarding Western New York and working with Partnership staff on developing his policy positions. In our book, that earns Quinn more than an endorsement and a PAC donation. That's why on Thursday, September 16th, we are hosting a fundraiser for his campaign at Pettibone's in downtown Buffalo. For significantly less money than New York State spends in one-tenth of a second ($438 per .1 seconds v. $99) your support will help Assemblyman Quinn drastically slow down the Empire Center's $pend-o-meter...
Assemblyman Quinn's 5-Point Plan focuses on cutting spending and taxes, pension reform, job creation, Medicaid reform and ethics reform; all areas the Partnership and our state-wide coalition, Unshackle Upstate, have weighed in on. Not only does Quinn's plan address the expanding deficit and increased spending our state is facing, he provides responsible and logical areas of wasteful spending that need to be reigned in.
Quinn's pension reform plan is a shining example of how to address the pension "double standard" New York's taxpayers are facing every day. His job creation plan is more than just political "we need jobs" doublespeak we hear so often; he lays out areas where New York needs to improve and invest, especially in 21st century manufacturing and emerging technologies like the life sciences.
New York currently spends $1 Billion a week on Medicaid, Quinn's plan cuts $8 billion annually. Taxpayers have seen more than their fair share of corrupt politicians. Quinn's plan ends the dysfunction and corruption that leads to late budgets, pay to play schemes and the extreme waste of our tax dollars.
Again, Quinn has earned our, and your, support this November. Special interests in Albany and downstate will be doing all they can to ensure the status quo remains after this election. Join us on September 16th and help the largest yet least-represented special interest of them all, the Upstate taxpayer. See you there!