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SD-61: Baby Joe Mesi Says Cutting Taxes Irresponsible

by on October 6, 2008

Looks like Baby Joe isn’t really interested in fighting for lower taxes.

The state’s projected $9 billion budget gap for next year didn’t stop State Senate candidate Michael H. Ranzenhofer from suggesting a massive, across-the-board cut in taxes last week.

Ranzenhofer said his tax plan — a 10 percent cut in the state’s personal income tax for people earning less than $200,000 and a doubling in the STAR property tax exemption — are essential to helping middle-class families hit hard by the stock market crisis.

But can the state afford it? “Difficult times require dramatic action,” the Amherst Republican said.

In a new 30-second TV ad, Ranzenhofer, an Erie County legislator, touts his tax plan as “real relief.”

His Democratic challenger says its naive and irresponsible.

“It’s basically a lot of fluff,” said Joe Mesi, the former professional boxer. “We agree on the need to cut state spending. The difference is, I can tell you where and how. I’m not sure he can.”

Now, Baby Joe also claims he wants to cut taxes, hardly a sentiment shared by his fellow Democrats. But clearly, he’s less serious about cutting taxes as Mike Ranzenhofer. But I guess we’re just supposed to accept higher taxes because Baby Joe used to be a champion boxer.


Baby Joe not be a career politician, but he’s also not willing to fight for the the tax relief we deserve. High taxes and overregulation are the things driving people out of Western New York… but apparently Baby Joe isn’t serious about keeping people and jobs in Western New York.


From → Campaign 2008, SD-61

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