LIA 2024 Policy Priorities
On Long Island, we enjoy an unparalleled quality of life, with our pristine beaches, vibrant downtowns, beautiful parks, award-winning schools and hospitals, dynamic arts and cultural institutions, and safe communities. While Long Island is a great place to call home, our residents are being strangled by the astronomical cost of living and doing business.
Our regional affordability is truly at a breaking point - $700,000 to buy an average price house, thousands of dollars for child care, and among the highest property taxes in the entire country. Recent economic conditions including record interest rates, inflation, and energy costs have squeezed businesses just as they have emerged from the pandemic.
The Long Island Association (LIA) is non-partisan, and advocates for policies that cultivate business success. We partner with elected officials who seek to solve our most pressing challenges and encourage investments and programs that result in an economic return for our region – including jobs and expansion of the private sector.
When the LIA is asked for our position on a policy issue, our organization has several questions. These include:
Will this policy address our region’s existential crisis of affordability while maintaining our extraordinary quality of life?
Will this policy drive up costs for businesses or create more mandates which will make it more difficult for them to operate?
Will this policy generate an economic return and stimulate targeted growth?
It is with this mindset that we will advocate for our region in 2024 – so Long Island is not only a great place to live and work, but also an affordable one for generations to come.
The following LIA Policy Priorities on the federal, state, and local levels of government are organized into three sections: Addressing our Existential Crisis of Affordability; Addressing the Cost of Doing Business; and Generating an Economic Return.