Issues: Budget

Senate Social Services Committee Includes Core Values in Budget Resolution

Programs Will Help New Yorkers During Economic Crisis

Investments in Job Creation, Family Health, and Homeless Prevention

March 23, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE COMMENTS ON BUDGET RESOLUTION

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that he opposed the Senate Democrats’ budget resolution, which was prepared in complete secrecy, leaving no time for public review and little time for questions and debate.  Even a quick assessment of their budget reveals that their priorities are wrong and their numbers don’t add up.

March 23, 2010
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Senate Resolution Gets Budget Off On Right Foot

Aubertine: A budget to vote “Yes” on would maintain priorities for 48th, Upstate New York

ALBANY (March 23, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today that the Senate resolution passed on Monday gets the budget process off to a great start for Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

March 23, 2010
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Senate Passes Fair And Responsible Budget Resolution

Remarks from Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson:

New York is in trouble. But for years, this Chamber talked about the problem and did nothing to fix it. They spent more than they had and stuck the people with the bill. Now, that debt is due. And a fair, responsible, and bipartisan budget is the only thing that will get the job done.

March 22, 2010
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Majority Resolution for a Fair and Responsible SFY10-11 Budget

In order to ensure a fair, responsible and bipartisan State Budget, the Senate Majority's resolution provides the roadmap to a budget which creates job, holds the line on government spending, rejects proposed tax increases, provides much-needed relief to overburdened property owners, all while prioritizing the services and programs that New Yorkers support and depend on. The Majority is working with the Senate Minority, as well as both conferences of the Assembly and the Governor’s office to deliver a final budget that reflects the values of all New Yorkers.

March 22, 2010
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Sen. Aubertine meets with Hannibal School District Students

Photo Courtesy of Oswego County Today. Sen. Aubertine listens to Zach Welling and Kate Sullivan discuss the difficulties facing Hannibal School District.

SANDY CREEK (March 20, 2010)--State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine met with students from Hannibal School District to discuss the state budget and the difficulties facing Hannibal and other low wealth school districts in Central and Northern New York.

March 22, 2010
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Majority Resolution for a Fair and Responsible SFY10-11 Budget

In order to ensure a fair, responsible and bipartisan State Budget, the Senate Majority's resolution provides the roadmap to a budget which creates job, holds the line on government spending, rejects proposed tax increases, provides much-needed relief to overburdened property owners, all while prioritizing the services and programs that New Yorkers support and depend on. The Majority is working with the Senate Minority, as well as both conferences of the Assembly and the Governor’s office to deliver a final budget that reflects the values of all New Yorkers.

March 22, 2010
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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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