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Now we need to go a step further, and make a serious effort to reform and reduce spending

NC lawmakers praise tax deal, with reservations

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North Country lawmakers are praising the outcome of the special session held yesterday in Albany.

Republican state Senator Betty Little from Queensbury said the income tax deal negotiated by Governor Cuomo would cut income taxes for the "vast majority of New Yorkers." Little predicted the tax plan would "encourage economic activity and job growth."

Eight Assembly Republicans voted against the tax overhaul. North Country Republicans in the Assembly approved it, with reservations.

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Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward from Willsboro echoed that view, arguing that it would mean "a tax cut for the hardworking middle-class families in our region."

Sayward also praised a provision that will earmark $50 million in aid for recovery and rebuilding following tropical storms Irene and Lee.

Ken Blankenbush of Jefferson County praised the deal, too, with this warning: in a statement, he said, “Now we need to go a step further, and make a serious effort to reform and reduce spending so that we can begin to permanently lower taxes.”

Clinton County Assemblywoman Janet Duprey echoed that, calling for a state spending cap that works for school and localities.

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