Issues

A Strong Voice for Our Community Taxes and Economic Development

As a small business owner, Mike understands the negative impact excessive government spending and high taxes can have on families and small businesses.  That is why he is an outspoken leader and advocate for the communities he represents – moving our state in the right direction by working to cut spending, cut taxes and create jobs.

Mike has delivered real tax relief for residents. Mike was a leader in the effort to:

  • – Pass four on-time State budgets that capped spending and cut taxes, while protecting vital programs;
  • – Repeal the utility tax (18-A assessment);
  • – Enact a middle-class tax cut for 4.4 million taxpayers and the lowest rate in 60 years; and
  • – Eliminate onerous taxes on manufacturers.

In addition to Mike’s effort to reduce taxes, he has been a tireless advocate in bringing your tax dollars back to Western New York.   Despite the state’s limited resources, Mike has been successful in securing millions of dollars to support local jobs and create new economic opportunities.  Most notably, Mike fought to protect funds for Roswell Park Cancer Institute and secured critical funding for agribusiness, and $33 million for the Genesee Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) project.

Fighting for Our Children Education

As a member of the Senate Education Committee, Mike has been an outspoken advocate for reforming and reducing burdensome regulations that increase the costs to our schools and have no impact on classroom learning.

Mike is leading the fight to abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has had a disproportionate impact on rural and suburban school districts across upstate New York.  The GEA was created in 2010 under the all Democratic leadership in the Senate and Assembly, and has resulted in millions of dollars being diverted from our rural and suburban school districts.  Since taking back the majority in the Senate, Mike has lead the fight to eliminate the GEA and successfully reduced its impact state-wide by over 65%, restoring over $1.7 billion.

In addition to addressing the fiscal issues our schools face, Mike has been an outspoken critic of the State implementation of Common Core Standards and has introduced several pieces of legislation to reduce testing and protect students’ personal information.  Most recently, Mike stood up for students and opposed Democratic efforts to reappoint the Regents who are responsible for Common Core in New York State.

Protecting Our Seniors

While holding the line on spending, Mike was still able to reprioritize limited State resources and protect our seniors by adding over $30 million to EPIC, preventing drastic increases in prescription drug costs by working with his colleagues in the Republican Senate Majority.  Most recently, the state budget increased the income threshold for EPIC, making sure thousands of seniors have access to the care prescriptions they need.

Investing in Our Future

Mike worked to pass critical legislation that enacted the first phase of UB2020 and created new Centers of Excellence at the University of Buffalo and University of Rochester.  He also sponsored legislation that was signed into law to expand faculty practices and better prepare our students for future job opportunities.

In addition to fighting for our four year colleges and universities, Mike has helped to secure millions of dollars for capital improvements at our local community colleges, including $15 million for a new academic building on ECC’s North Campus and $8 million for building improvements at GCC.

Supporting Agriculture

The agriculture industry remains a primary economic and employment engine in New York State.  During his first term in Albany, Mike led the fight to defeat over $200 million in new mandates on family farms.  Most recently, the state budget included legislation Mike sponsored to support young farmers and enacted reforms so that family farms remain viable for generations to come.  Most notable Mike was strong advocate of raising the estate tax threshold, making it easier for farmers to preserve their family farms.

Defending Sportsmen

Mike strongly opposes the SAFE Act and has co-sponsored legislation to repeal it.  Due to Mike’s advocacy he was honored by the Genesee County Chapter of the New York State Sportsmen Committee On Political Education (SCOPE).  In addition, Mike has worked with local conservation groups and introduced legislation to expand youth hunting opportunities.

 

Most importantly, Mike has done all of this by prioritizing spending, NOT raising taxes!

 

For information regarding specific votes Senator Ranzenhofer has taken on legislation or bills that he is sponsoring, you must visit his Official New York State Senate Website, www.ranzenhofer.nysenate.gov, which is not affiliated with this page.