Created: 10/03/2013 7:57 PM WHEC.com
It's no secret that New York State has some of the highest taxes in the country. We all feel it in our wallets and most people complaint about it.
But now the advocacy group Unshackle Upstate says it has a plan to lower taxes and create jobs. Thursday morning, Unshackle Upstate unveiled the details of that five-point plan. It includes reducing state income taxes by 25-percent for upstate workers making less than $50,000 per year.
The group says it would also lower taxes for businesses and cut state sales in half for counties with high unemployment rates. But in order to make this work, lawmakers say the state is going to have to take a closer look at other ways to cut costs.
"That's what we do, we do budgets," says Senator Joe Robach. "The good news is our budget is gigantic, so I believe there are legit savings. There's places to look without damaging programs and that's what we have to do."
The plan would also eliminate the energy assessment fee for area manufacturers.