Larry’s Plan for New York
If you could vote to give yourself a raise, would you? New York’s financial situation is out of control, and voting Larry Sharpe for governor is the best way you can do something about it. But let’s not stop there. Larry is passionate about restoring your property rights, reforming the criminal justice system and giving colleges and universities the freedom to teach skills that local employers expect in new hires. Watch the videos below to learn more, and be sure to sign up for updates as we’ll post more content about Larry’s plan to build a better New York on a regular basis.
Prisons are supposed to be “correctional facilities,” but a majority of individuals who are imprisoned, even for minor crimes, are unable to successfully rejoin society after incarceration, and they end up back in the system. Are private prisons really doing their job to rehabilitate offenders, or are they set up to cycle prisoners back through their doors and profit off the suffering of New Yorkers?
This is especially unfair to individuals suffering from drug addiction. Larry believes there is a better way. Private prisons should not be compensated according to the number of prisoners they house; instead, these facilities should only be paid when prisoners are rehabilitated, released, and able to rejoin society in a meaningful way. In addition, treat drug-use as a medical issue, not as a crime. Let’s stop considering our fellow New Yorkers as a commodity of the private prison system and instead get them real help.
Why are so many college graduates unemployed? Reports suggest that colleges are not adequately preparing graduates with the skills they need to enter the workforce. Larry believes that the solution to education will come from the free market. Educational institutions should look to employers to find out what skills are valuable in the workforce, and then build curricula around these competencies.
This will provide a truly useful education that helps graduates find employment. When the government steps in and dictates what curricula should be, it becomes a middleman that does nothing but drive up costs. We need to get the government out of higher education so that schools and employers can partner to create innovative educational solutions.
No matter what side of the political aisle you sit on, we all have common goals—to live a fulfilling life, and to help others do the same. As a politically engaged citizen, you have likely tried to align yourself with the party that best represents your values. But both of these main parties have been abandoning their principles, leaving voters feeling frustrated and trapped into simply voting for their tribe—or at least voting against the other party.
The Libertarian Party is different. Our values have remained consistent throughout history. We stand for marriage equality, property rights, minimal taxation, and reduced regulations and barriers for small businesses. We value personal freedom and personal responsibility. The Old Parties don’t represent your values anymore. This election, you have the opportunity to vote your principles, instead of just your party.
Over the last two years, property taxes have increased by 2% each year, which Governor Cuomo considers a success. According to TruthInAccounting.org, in 2016, the average New Yorker’s tax burden was $20,500 (up from about $13,700 in 2009).
This means that New York has one of the least healthy financial situations in the nation, ranking 43rd out of the 50 states and receiving an “F” grade. Larry’s economic plan will reign in the recent tax growth trend, helping you keep more of your money to take care of your family.
Who owns your property—you or the state? New York’s high property tax is like paying rent on the land you own. And under Governor Cuomo, property taxes have risen at the rate of 2% per year. Larry’s plan to reduce property taxes will provide financial relief to homeowners, farmers, and other property owners across New York State.
Larry also believes that no one, not even the government, should be able to take your home or farm without your consent; eminent domain is an unjust practice that undermines the property rights of New Yorkers. As governor, Larry will oppose the use of eminent domain and work toward his goal of minimal taxation.
Almost a quarter of New York State is farmland. Our 36,000 farms make New York a national leader in the production of dairy products, apples, grapes, and other fruits and vegetables.
But this crucial segment of the state’s economy is suffering from a heavy tax burden—in 2012, farmers paid 17% of their income to the state. Our farms and farmers need tax reform. Watch the video to learn about Larry’s plan to help New York farms prosper.
Ethics & Transparency in Government
As Americans, we expect our government to be “of the people, by the people.” But in reality, most government decisions are made behind closed doors, without any accountability to citizens. Crony capitalism ensures that insiders become wealthy on the backs of New York taxpayers, and government waste goes unchecked.
It’s time to end the era of government secrecy and let New Yorkers see how the state is spending their money. Larry believes that transparency and accountability in government will reduce waste and curb corruption.