Assembly candidate Karen McMahon unveils economic platform to help WNY families thrive


           New York State Assembly candidate Karen McMahon detailed her economic plan, which is focused on bringing more good-paying jobs to our communities, fighting for a fairer tax code and increasing the transparency of state economic development programs.

            “For far too long, our state government has overlooked the interests of upstate families,” said McMahon. “In Albany, I’ll fight to create an economy that supports working people and doesn’t burden them with high taxes, instead of one that just helps the rich get richer. We need to invest in our young people and ensure there are opportunities here so they aren’t forced to leave the region.”

            As the mother of three daughters who recently entered the workforce, McMahon knows that we need to ensure our young people can flourish here. She’ll advocate for job training programs that prepare the next generation for careers in technology-driven fields and other high-demand sectors of the 21st-century economy. McMahon will also strive to invest in these emerging fields, like green technology, to bring the jobs of tomorrow to Western New York as well as combat climate change. To help local businesses transport their goods safely and efficiently, she’ll fight for state funding to repair and replace our aging infrastructure.

            Like the rest of us, McMahon is fed up with Albany corruption, particularly the stream of convictions surrounding state economic development projects. If elected, she’ll work to increase accountability and oversight of these programs because the taxpayers who fund these projects deserve to know their money is being spent wisely. 

            Without changes to our tax code, local families will continue to face difficulties saving enough for their futures. McMahon will fight against the wealthy special interests that have rigged our tax system against working people. She’ll also support legal action against the 2017 federal tax law that could devastate upstate communities, as well as increase access to vital tax breaks like enhanced STAR so more seniors can afford to stay in their homes. 

            “I’m fighting for a government and a state that looks out for regular people like us, instead of coddling the wealthy few,” said McMahon. “By working together, we can make the future brighter for our children and protect our way of life here in Western New York.”

            McMahon is running for State Assembly in the 146th Assembly District, which includes the towns of Amherst and Pendleton.