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Wagner Backs State Constitutional Amendment To Stop Unfunded Mandates

State Senate candidate Justin Wagner discusses taxes in a Daily Voice interview.
State Senate candidate Justin Wagner discusses taxes in a Daily Voice interview. Video Credit: Tom Auchterlonie & Sam Barron
Justin Wagner during his recent Daily Voice interview. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie & Sam Barron

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- State Senate candidate Justin Wagner declared support for a state constitutional amendment that would block unfunded mandates being passed to local governments.

In a recent interview with Daily Voice, Wagner (D-Croton-on-Hudson), said: “if Albany has a good idea, Albany should pay for it.”

“They shouldn’t be kicking those costs down to local governments.”

Wagner's response came to an interview question about how he would keep taxes low.

Wagner also cited helping with pension costs, which he attributed to local layoffs.

“We want to help municipalities.”

The candidate also said he supports streamlining Medicaid's bureaucracy.

A video of the interview with Wagner has been posted on YouTube and is available here. The video is also embedded in this story.

Wagner is running in the 40th State Senate District against Republican candidate and Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy.

The 40th district covers Pleasantville, Armonk, Bedford, Yorktown, Briarcliff, Chappaqua, Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Peekskill, Pound Ridge, Somers and parts of Putnam and Dutchess counties.

- Video is by Tom Auchterlonie. Interview with Wagner is by Sam Barron.

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