Wasteful spending squeezes taxpayers

Sixteen million dollars to put up and take down useless Thruway signs; $1.5 billion to get jobs for New York City; $4 billion for repairs to a bridge outside NYC.

Crickets in the Mohawk Valley.

New York state is ranked 42nd in friendliness to small business. It's the highest taxed state (13 percent) in total burden, sixth highest state in property taxes. New York state has the highest income tax (almost twice as high as the second state, Hawaii). Oneida County has 8.75 percent sales tax. The last gas I bought outside of New York when I returned from Thanksgiving was $2.19 per gallon. Today I filled my tank at $2.85 a gallon here.

So what does New York do? They take the party that has been mostly in power through this diminution, and voted them into complete control by making Democrats the majority in the state Senate, the only check-and-balance the Republicans had.

It is appropriate that the O-D says the top legislation in the state is the legalization of recreational marijuana. This way they can assure that the citizens will be in a drunken, drugged stupor as they are being held upside down by their ankles and squeezed for their extra money.

James Fruscella, Barneveld