Dear friends and neighbors,

As you may have heard, the Legislature approved a new state budget that directs spending over the next two years.

I voted against our state budget today because it simply balances on the backs of middle- and low-income families and individuals as it relies on a heavy property tax increase that will have an especially severe impact on the households in the communities I serve.

On the plus side, the budget makes key investments to our mental health system, homelessness assistance, implements the Clean Air Rule and keeps our state worker salaries competitive. It also makes significant investments into our K-12 system, addressing the state Supreme Court’s requirement in the McCleary ruling, that basic education funding come from the state.

Despite that progress, I simply could not vote for a property tax increase that isn’t fair or sustainable.

Unfortunately, we only had a few hours to review the full budget before we voted on the document. I will offer more insight on the budget in the coming days as I’ve had time to digest it in its entirety.

I look forward to working with my colleagues to find better ways to fund our state government in the years to come.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Sen. John McCoy