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Rick Lazio on Budget & Economy

Former Republican/Conservative Representative (NY-2)


2000: Upstate "turning the corner" viewed as out-of-touch

Our first debate was I Buffalo on September 13 and was moderated by a Buffalo native, Tim Russert of NBC's Meet the Press. After a series of questions about health care, the upstate economy and education, the questions also covered school vouchers, the environment and other local issues, and that's when Lazio made a critical mistake. He said that the upstate economy had "turned the corner." But to anyone who lived upstate or who had spent time there, Lazio sounded out of touch. By then I had visited the region frequently and had held extensive discussions with residents about the problems of job loss and young people leaving the area. I had also developed an economic plan for the region that voters were taking seriously.
Source: Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton, p.519-520 Nov 1, 2003

Bring Jets and Giants back to NY in new stadium

Q: Should taxpayer money should be used to build such a stadium in Manhattan?

CLINTON: I donít think thatís a good use of that space or of taxpayer dollars. There is work we need to do to upgrade the infrastructure. Thatís why I support the Second Avenue subway. Thatís why I support the East Side connector, a rail link to La Guardia and to JFK. I will go to the Senate to continue the work on Penn Station and others that Senator Moynihan has started.

LAZIO: I think itís important to get the Jets and Giants back. This is not just a plan for a stadium; itís also a plan for expansion of convention space. I donít think this should be funded with public money entirely. But I believe that this is an important initiative to build jobs for New York.

Source: (X-ref Hillary) Senate debate in Manhattan Oct 8, 2000

Stimulate upstate economy by tax breaks & tech partnerships

Q: Will you support measures that would be unpopular with state unions if they helped reduce the tax burden on upstate New York?

CLINTON: Iím a very strong supporter of these changes that are needed to stimulate the upstate economy. And many of those changes can only take place at the state and local level. Because what I have laid forth in my economic plan for upstate is a way to use tax credits to stimulate business, to expand the high tech industry that is coming to Buffalo.

LAZIO: I do believe that the upstate economy has turned the corner. It also needs new partnerships, alliances, something Iíve been doing down in Long Island. Creating technology incubators, building on our assets in the upstate economy. Making sure that we build good partnerships and a first-class educational system. One of the things you can do is to begin to address the issue of taxation. We need to make sure that people donít pay taxes on top of income that theyíve already paid taxes on.

Source: Clinton-Lazio debate, Buffalo NY Sep 13, 2000

NY should get more back from Washington than it sends

Q: What would you do to make a more equitable tax dollar distribution between NY City and upstate?

A: Well, the real problem really is not that New York City gets more than it deserves. Itís that New York doesnít get enough as a state. When we send $15 billion a year more to Washington in our tax dollars than we get back, something is desperately wrong.

Source: Clinton-Lazio debate, Buffalo NY Sep 13, 2000

Not a big fan of casino gambling, but itís a local decision

Q: Americans spend millions at the local casino in Niagara Falls, Canada. Why not have a casino built on this side of the border to help our economy?

LAZIO: I donít believe that itís a good idea for us to be building casinos. I would allow the state of New York to make these decisions. But in the end, Iím not a big fan of gambling. Economic development in the area is an important issue, but I would not focus on the quick hit, the cheap hit in gambling. Iíd focus on the kind of jobs where our children can afford to stay here, raise a family, buy their own home.

CLINTON: I know how hard the people in Niagara are working to try to turn their economy around, and if they believe that a casino would help attract more tourists back, I would support that. I leave that to their judgment. But there has to be more of a strategy about the upstate economy --tax credits to help jobs be created, creating the regional skills, alliances, commitment to work force development, etc.

Source: Clinton-Lazio debate, Buffalo NY Sep 13, 2000

Supported GOP budgets for ďsmaller decentralized govtĒ

When it has come to budget issues, the main focus of the dispute between President Clinton and the Republican Congress over the last six years, Lazio has toed the party line.

He was a member of the Budget Committee in 1995 that produced the measure with almost $200 billion in tax cuts over 5 years, the abolition of the Department of Education and sharp reductions in anticipated government spending for Medicare and many other popular programs. Ultimately, the fight with President Clinton over this budget led to the shutdown of the government in the winter of 1995-96.

When his committee adopted the Republican budget in May 1995, Lazio proclaimed that it would ďmove us from the path of increasing debt and inefficient, big, centralized government toward a government that is smaller, more decentralized and efficient.Ē

Over the years, Lazio voted for a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget, billions more than President Clinton sought in military spending and sweeping tax cuts.

Source: David Rosenbaum, New York Times Jun 4, 2000

Supported balanced budget amendment

Lazio defended his support of much of Newt Gingrichís Contract With America, in particular the balanced budget amendment and welfare reform. Iím for those things,ď Lazio said. Ē Iím proudly for those things.ď He supported a Ēsignificant tax cutď, though he stopped short of endorsing the one supported by George W. Bush.
Source: New York Times, p. A19 May 22, 2000

Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto.

Lazio signed the Contract with America:

[As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bill]:

The Fiscal Responsibility Act:
A balanced budget/tax limitation amendment and a legislative line-item veto to restore fiscal responsibility to an out-of-control Congress, requiring them to live under the same budget constraints as families and businesses.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA3 on Sep 27, 1994

2010 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Budget & Economy: Rick Lazio on other issues:
NY Gubernatorial:
Andrew Cuomo
NY Senatorial:
Charles Schumer
Kirsten Gillibrand

Dem. Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-7:Terri Sewell
CA-33:Karen Bass
DE-0:John Carney
FL-17:Frederica Wilson
HI-1:Colleen Hanabusa
LA-2:Cedric Richmond
MA-10:Bill Keating
MI-13:Hansen Clarke
RI-1:David Cicilline
GOP Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-2:Martha Roby
AL-5:Mo Brooks
AZ-1:Paul Gosar
AZ-3:Ben Quayle
AZ-5:David Schweikert
AR-1:Rick Crawford
AR-2:Tim Griffin
AR-3:Steve Womack
CA-19:Jeff Denham
CO-3:Scott Tipton
CO-4:Cory Gardner
FL-12:Dennis Ross
FL-2:Steve Southerland
FL-21:Mario Diaz-Balart
FL-22:Allen West
FL-24:Sandy Adams
FL-25:David Rivera
FL-5:Rich Nugent
FL-8:Dan Webster
GA-2:Mike Keown
GA-7:Rob Woodall
GA-8:Austin Scott
ID-1:Raul Labrador
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IL-10:Bob Dold
IL-11:Adam Kinzinger
IL-14:Randy Hultgren
IL-17:Bobby Schilling
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IN-3:Marlin Stutzman
IN-4:Todd Rokita
IN-8:Larry Bucshon
IN-9:Todd Young
KS-1:Tim Huelskamp
KS-3:Kevin Yoder
KS-5:Mike Pompeo
LA-3:Jeff Landry
MD-1:Andy Harris
MI-1:Dan Benishek
MI-2:Bill Huizenga
MI-3:Justin Amash
MI-7:Tim Walberg
MN-8:Chip Cravaack
MO-4:Vicky Hartzler
MO-7:Billy Long
MS-1:Alan Nunnelee
MS-4:Steven Palazzo
GOP Freshmen
in 111th Congress:

NC-2:Renee Ellmers
ND-0:Rick Berg
NH-2:Charlie Bass
NH-1:Frank Guinta
NJ-3:Jon Runyan
NM-2:Steve Pearce
NV-3:Joe Heck
NY-13:Michael Grimm
NY-19:Nan Hayworth
NY-20:Chris Gibson
NY-24:Richard Hanna
NY-25:Ann Marie Buerkle
NY-29:Tom Reed
OH-1:Steve Chabot
OH-15:Steve Stivers
OH-16:Jim Renacci
OH-18:Bob Gibbs
OH-6:Bill Johnson
OK-5:James Lankford
PA-10:Tom Marino
PA-11:Lou Barletta
PA-3:Mike Kelly
PA-7:Patrick Meehan
PA-8:Mike Fitzpatrick
SC-1:Tim Scott
SC-3:Jeff Duncan
SC-4:Trey Gowdy
SC-5:Mick Mulvaney
SD-0:Kristi Noem
TN-3:Chuck Fleischmann
TN-4:Scott DesJarlais
TN-6:Diane Black
TN-8:Stephen Fincher
TX-17:Bill Flores
TX-23:Quico Canseco
TX-27:Blake Farenthold
VA-2:Scott Rigell
VA-5:Robert Hurt
VA-9:Morgan Griffith
WA-3:Jaime Herrera
WI-7:Sean Duffy
WI-8:Reid Ribble
WV-1:David McKinley
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