Issues: Budget

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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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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March 9, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: The State Budget and You - A Virtual Town Hall with Senator Espada

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever Virtual Town Hall, and to all those who watched us live on Bronxnet.

For those who may have missed it or would like to review it again, the full program is posted here. Once again, thank you. Be looking for the next Virtual Town Hall next month.

 

March 21, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency: To examine SUNY Operations

Senate Task Force on Government EfficiencyChair: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Forum: To examine SUNY OperationsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Gwen Rocco (518) 455-3588ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 11, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Govt. Efficiency Task Force Created

March 2, 2010: NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins comments on the creation of the bi-partisan Government Efficiency Task Force. Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the twelve member task force of which Sen. Stewart-Cousins is a member will conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste

March 8, 2010
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SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON INTRODUCES BILL TO CAP STATE SPENDING

By all measures, the tax burden on New Yorkers is among the highest in the nation.  Unchecked government spending year after year serves only to increase the tax burden on New Yorkers.  Did you know that presently in New York there are no limitations on how much state spending may increase from year to year?&nb

March 5, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE REMAINS FOCUSED ON TIMELY BUDGET

“The April 1 budget deadline is nearing at lightning speed.  The need to stay focused on adopting a state budget by that time is my number one priority and should be for the entire Legislature,” said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle. 

March 5, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Senator William T. Stachowski, Chair 2:30 PM, Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Room 123 CAP

March 9, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Becomes Member Of Task Force On Government Efficiency

Demonstrating their commitment to developing a fiscally responsible budget, the Senate Majority Conference announced the formation of a new bipartisan task force on government efficiency. Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the twelve-member task force will conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste.

March 3, 2010
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SENATOR BONACIC MEETS WITH HOSPITAL REPRESENTATIVES

On March 3, 2010 representatives from various regional hospitals met with Senator Bonacic in Albany.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with them after discussing their issues related to the Governor’s budget proposal.  From left to right: David W.

March 3, 2010
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SENATOR DIANE J. SAVINO NAMED TO TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY

(Albany, NY) – Demonstrating their commitment to developing a responsible budget, the Senate Majority Conference announced the formation of a new bipartisan task force on government efficiency. Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the eleven-member task force will conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste.

March 3, 2010
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