Issues: Budget

Governor's Budget Proposal Sets Right Tone

ALBANY, 02/01/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:

“The governor’s budget proposal is harsh, but realistic, and takes into account the difficult financial circumstances we face.  There is plenty of hurt to go around and there will be shared sacrifices; they are necessary to put New York back on sound fiscal footing.

February 1, 2011
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Statement on Governor's Executive Budget Proposal

I’m pleased that Governor Cuomo has proposed an Executive Budget that closes a $10 billion deficit with recurring spending actions, and does not rely on any borrowing or new taxes.

February 1, 2011
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Statement from Senators Jeff Klein, (D-Bronx-Westchester), Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), David Valesky (D-Oneida), and David Carlucci (D-Rockland/ Orange), members of the Independent Democratic Conference:

 “The Independent Democratic Conference applauds Governor Cuomo for setting the right tone in his budget address. We approve of the Governor’s goal of moving this state to a zero-based, or reality-based, budget model, his continued efforts to right-size Albany and his vow to work with this state’s workforce to give New Yorkers the most efficient government possible.

February 1, 2011
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Governor Andrew Cuomo's Budget Proposal

Please click here to view the Governor's proposed budget: http://www.scribd.com/doc/47972157/BriefingBook

 

February 1, 2011
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Join the Fight to Require a 'Super-Majority' Vote to Raise Taxes and Fees

Taxes are the most important issue plaguing the Third Senate District, Long Island and New York State.  In the past two years, the New York State Legislature has increased taxes and fees by $14 billion.  Raising taxes should be a last resort, not a first option.

January 28, 2011
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NYS Legislative Report with Senator John DeFrancisco - January 24, 2011

On my cable show yesterday, I discussed what my role as Finance Chair means for in 2011 Budget Process, and a tax credit program for small businesses in New York State.

January 25, 2011
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ADDABBO SUPPORTS STATE SPENDING CAP AND BILL TO LIMIT FUTURE TAX INCREASES

Two Bills Seek a State Constitutional Spending Cap and a Supermajority Requirement to Raise Taxes        

January 25, 2011
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Ranzenhofer explains State spending cap legislation

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer explains Senate Bill No. 1892, which would enact a State spending cap at two percent or 120 percent of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.  If a spending cap had been implemented for the previous ten years, New York would spend $30 billion less next year. Enacting a spending cap now would force the State to cut spending by $9 billion next year.  The legislation, introduced and sponsored by Senator Ranzenhofer, passed the State Senate on January 19.

 

January 19, 2011
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2011 Job Creation & Taxpayer Protection Act

ALBANY, 01/19/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today announced senate approval of the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility through the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to raise taxes. 

“These job-creating, cost cutting measures are exactly what New Yorkers are demanding,” said Senator Seward.  “Approving these bills to open the 2011 session sends a clear message that the senate shares the priorities of the people and is taking firm action to turn these goals into reality.”

January 19, 2011
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LaValle Legislative Kick-Off: Economy and Jobs Top Agenda; Senate Votes on Jobs Creation and Taxpayer’s Protection Act.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I – Port Jefferson) said he voted today for the Senate Majority’s Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011. LaValle said the three-part plan encourages the creation of new, private-sector jobs and ensures fiscal responsibility, including the enactment of a two percent state spending cap requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to increase taxes.

The people of the First Senatorial District made it abundantly clear during the last election cycle,” LaValle said, “No new taxes and we need jobs, jobs, jobs.”

January 19, 2011
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Seward Applauds Passage of Job Creation & Taxpayer Protection Act

ALBANY, 01/19/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today announced senate approval of the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility through the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to raise taxes. 

“These job-creating, cost cutting measures are exactly what New Yorkers are demanding,” said Senator Seward.  “Approving these bills to open the 2011 session sends a clear message that the senate shares the priorities of the people and is taking firm action to turn these goals into reality.”

January 19, 2011
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NY Senate passes cap on State spending; Included in 3-part Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act

Albany, NY - The New York State Senate has passed a constitutional amendment to enact a cap on state spending at two percent or 120 percent of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.  Under the legislation, the state spending cap for 2011-12 would be 1.92 percent.

“The spending cap is needed more than ever because of the $11 billion deficit caused by years of overtaxing and overspending,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “The unchecked growth in spending has resulted in New York having the highest tax burden in the nation.  Thirty states currently have some kind of a spending cap.  New York must enact a cap now to force fiscal responsibility and enable us to reduce taxes.”

January 19, 2011
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz to Democrat Colleagues: Let’s Grant His Wish

For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 17, 2011

Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz to Democrat Colleagues: Let’s Grant His Wish

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s threat that he will shut down the state’s government if the Legislature refuses to approve $10 billion in budget cuts:

“I am dismayed by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s public threat to shut down New York State’s government if we do not approve budget cuts that will most definitely hurt the poor, our children’s education, New York’s healthcare system, and our senior citizens.

January 18, 2011
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Westchester News Online:Two Westchester Leaders Among Those Chosen For State Mandate Relief Team

State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers 35th District) and William Mooney, President of the Westchester County Association are among several leaders and officials from Westchester and the Hudson Valley named to Governor Andrew Cuomo's new "Mandate Relief Design Team."

The concept of the team was unveiled during the Governor's State of the State address earlier this week and it is tasked with reviewing existing unfunded and under-funded mandates imposed by New York State on school districts, local governments and other local taxing districts...

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Westchester News Online - (January 08, 2011)

January 11, 2011
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Seward Appointed To Senate Finance Committee

ALBANY, 01/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) comments on his appointment to the senate finance committee.

As a member of the finance committee, Senator Seward will play a significant role in reviewing the governor’s proposed budget and developing a final spending plan. The finance committee will examine appropriations and disbursements for each agency included in the budget. In addition, the finance committee is responsible for reviewing nominations sent by the governor for appointments, and moving the nominations to the full senate. 

January 10, 2011
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Senator Little Named to Governor's Mandate Relief Team

State Senator Dean G. Skelos today designated Senator Betty Little to serve on Governor Andrew Cuomo's "Mandate Relief Redesign Team."  The team will look to reduce the costly burden of unfunded mandates on local governments and school districts.

Senator Little said:

January 7, 2011
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Extreme Makeover New York

ONEONTA, 01/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today outlined his legislative agenda for the 2011 session of the New York State Senate.  Seward’s plan, dubbed “Extreme Makeover: New York” focuses on smart budget cuts, property tax relief, economic development and government reform.  

“New York is ready for a complete overhaul.  My ‘Extreme Makeover: New York’ initiative includes calculated cost cutting that will provide our state with financial stability, tax relief that will help people with their own bottom line, business stimulating actions aimed at jumpstarting job growth and government reforms to restore public confidence in Albany.

January 7, 2011
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