Issues: Budget

Legislative Report with Senator John DeFrancisco: March 17, 2010

Legislative Report with Senator John DeFrancisco - March 17, 2010. Senator DeFrancisco talks about Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch's budget proposal and Medicaid Fraud.

March 19, 2010
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NYS Legislative Report with Senator John DeFrancisco: March 10, 2010

NYS Senator John DeFrancisco gives an update on the budget process this year and talks about the need for joint public budget conference committee hearings. He says it's something the legislature didn't do last year.

March 19, 2010
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Select Committee Releases 2009 Annual Report

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform has released a 2009 Annual Report, which highlights the activities of the committee during its first year of operation.

By the beginning of 2009, it became evident that New York tax policy needed a thorough review.  The ad hoc changes to the state’s revenue system have created a tax structure that is not linked to current policy goals. The tax system is riddled with loopholes and tax expenditures that need to be re-evaluated to determine whether they serve a public purpose.

File: 
2009 Anual Report

March 19, 2010
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Budget 2010

The Senate is opening up the budget process like never before. For the first time, all  Joint public hearings on the budget are being broadcast live over the internet so that New Yorkers across the state can be informed, get involved and be heard.

March 17, 2010
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LITTLE: MEDICAID REFORM NEEDED TO ADDRESS BUDGET CRISIS

LITTLE: MEDICAID REFORM NEEDED TO ADDRESS BUDGET CRISIS

March 17, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency Examines Spending at Department of Correctional Services

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair:    Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Forum:    To examine spending at the Department of Correctional ServicesPlace:    Room 124, State Capitol Building, Albany, New YorkTime:    12:30 – 2:30 P.M.Contact:    Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact:    Gwen Rocco (518) 455-3588ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 24, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Senator Bonacic Discussing his plan for a "Taxpayer Bill of Rights"

New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) discussing his plan for a "Taxpayer Bill of Rights"

March 17, 2010
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KLEIN CALLS ON CONGRESS TO BAN CIGARETTE TRAFFICKING IN U.S. MAIL

ALBANY – State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) introduced a resolution Tuesday calling on Congress to pass legislation banning the shipment of cigarettes via the U.S. Postal Services (USPS), thereby closing a massive loophole in the fight to collect taxes on cigarettes sold online by Native Americans.

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act; Klein’s resolution urges the House of Representatives to immediately do the same.

March 16, 2010
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Mandate Relief Package Passes Senate

The New York State Senate passed four measures today which will finally provide mandate relief across the state, and reverse New York’s long-standing practice of passing financial burdens onto local school districts.

Identified by school districts as vital to their operations and ability to budget in a prudent manner, the Democratic package will allow them to more effectively manage the resources they have, and make the best possible decisions for their communities in this time of fiscal crisis.

March 15, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Unveils “Homeowner Protection and Property Tax Rebate Act”

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with the other members of the Senate Republican Conference to unveil the “Homeowner Protection and Property Tax Rebate Act,” a major new tax cut initiative aimed at protecting the taxpayers of New York State.

The main focus of the plan is the restoration of the property tax rebate plan for every middle-class taxpayer.  The rebate would reimburse homeowners based on how much they pay in property taxes and how much they can afford. 

March 12, 2010
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Legislative Wrap-Up March 11, 2010: Senate Bills Protect Disabled, Provide Cost Savings For Libraries

The New York State Senate passed legislation this week which protects New York’s disabled community, grows our state’s agriculture industries and markets, protects consumers from telemarketing frauds, and provides for new cost-saving measures for libraries, among other initiatives.

March 12, 2010
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GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY TASK FORCE PROBES SUNY ON WASTEFUL SPENDING PRACTICES

Led by Senator Klein, Task Force Demands Answers on Excessive Overtime Pay and Overhead Costs

ALBANY – The Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, chaired by State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein, probed officials from the State University of New York (SUNY) system at a public hearing Thursday regarding excessive spending on overtime pay and overhead costs. The hearing was the first of many the Task Force plans to conduct in an effort to examine spending at state agencies.

March 11, 2010
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Statement from Sen. Aubertine Regarding Ravitch Plan:

ALBANY (March 11, 2010)—“I certainly welcome the plan proposed by Lt. Governor Ravitch for review because we need reform in the budget process. A five-year plan is a good idea and his success with a similar plan during New York City’s crisis decades ago gives the plan a certain amount of credibility to start.

March 11, 2010
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SALAND TO DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP: JUST SAY NO TO TAX AND FEE INCREASES

It feels like déjà vu all over again as we look at a looming budget deadline and little action from our State leaders.

March 11, 2010
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Statement Of Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

For decades, Albany spent more than it had and stuck the people with the bill. We need a fair, responsible and bipartisan budget that makes the smart cuts and tough choices New York can afford.

March 10, 2010
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Senator Espada on Lt. Gov. Ravitch's 5-Year Budget Plan

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (cellular) 914-403-4072

Reaction by New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. to Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch’s 5-Year Budget Plan

March 10, 2010
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Wine Can Help Budget Woes

By Liz Krueger and Keith WrightAs New York State faces another devastating budget deficit, we need new solutions that raise revenue so that we can prevent deeper budget cuts to our schools and healthcare system—without raising taxes.

March 10, 2010
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