Issues: Budget

Schedule of Joint Legislative Public Hearings on 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal

Schedule of Joint Legislative Public Hearings on 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal

January 25

Hearing Room B

10:00 AM

Local Government

Clinton Freeman (518) 455-5491

January 26

Hearing Room B

January 19, 2010
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GRIFFO CALLS FOR FEWER TAXES AND FEES; MORE SPENDING CUTS IN 2010 STATE BUDGET

Griffo Calls for Fewer Taxes, Fees; More Spending Cuts

January 19, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR GOLDEN ON GOVERNOR PATERSON’S PROPOSED 2010-2011 BUDGET

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Paterson’s proposed 2010-2011 budget, calling it a “completely unacceptable” budget for New Yorkers.

January 19, 2010
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Local reps discuss state government at NCCC

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: January 15, 2010

SARANAC LAKE - Gov. David Paterson will unveil his 2010-11 state budget next Tuesday, and it is being reported that it will contain a $2 billion spending increase.

Although this is much less than the $11 billion increase, including $8 billion in new taxes and fees, that led to the current $133 billion state budget last year, three North Country legislators said they would prefer a budget that doesn't increase spending at all.

January 15, 2010
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Lawmakers draw line in the sand at unfunded mandates

By KIM SMITH DEDAMPress Republican Staff WriterJanuary 15, 2010 03:28 am

SARANAC LAKE — State budget cuts should come with a hitch: Remove unfunded mandates.

This was the key message North Country lawmakers delivered early Thursday at a Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast.

Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) and Janet Duprey (R-Peru) discussed dire budget concerns in unison with area business, civic and political leaders here.

January 15, 2010
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Statement From Senator Carl Kruger Chair, Chair Of The Senate Finance Committee

Senate Democrats oppose unfunded mandates, plain and simple. And we'll work this year on an integrated proposal on cost-savings for school districts and local governments together with property tax relief for hard-pressed taxpayers. 

January 14, 2010
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STACHOWSKI COSPONSORS MEASURE TO WEED OUT UNSCRUPULOUS CONTRACTORS

Legislation Will Create More Level Playing Field for Law-Abiding Bidders on Public Works Contracts

   Senator William T. Stachowski (D-C, Lake View), today announced he is cosponsoring legislation (S.5847) designed to ensure that contractors and subcontractors who compete for and win public works contracts in New York State meet specific responsibility standards.

January 11, 2010
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CSI-Upstate

As we start 2010 it is time for New York to embark on a new direction.  Our economic struggles have been well documented, particularly across the upstate region, and the time has come to change our thinking and generate a true rebirth.  Last year we went to the edge of the cliff and if we are to avoid plunging into the financial abyss some tough decisions are required.

January 7, 2010
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Senator Farley Responds to the State-of-the-State Address

A statement from Senator Farley about the State-of-the-State Address:


Each year, we kick off the new Legislative Session with the Governor’s State-of-the-State Address. This speech is basically an outline of what the Governor would like to accomplish in the upcoming year.

January 7, 2010
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Response to Gov. Paterson’s State-of-the-State Address

Press Contact: Steve Mangione 914-403-4072 (cellular) 518-455-3395 (at this number Jan. 6th)

“The action of the Senate Democratic Majority in recent months – for example, addressing issues in a bipartisan way, creating green jobs, controlling spending and preserving important resources for education – has demonstrated our commitment to the state’s 19.5 million residents.

January 6, 2010
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State of the State Falls Short

ALBANY, 01/06/10 -- Senator James L. Seward today commented on Gov. Paterson’s State of the State address:

“As we start 2010 it is time for New York to take a new direction.   Last year we went to the edge of the cliff and in order to keep from going over we will need to make some difficult decisions. 

January 6, 2010
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Video: Select Committee Public Hearing on New York State Budget Reform

The Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing on Dec. 17, 2009 in Manhattan on improving transparency, forecasting and flexibilty in New York State's budget process.

December 28, 2009
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Testimony from Dec. 17 Public Hearing on Budget Reform

On Dec. 17, 2009, the Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform held a public hearing in Manhattan on improving transparency, forecasting and flexibilty in New York State's budget process. The Select Committee heard oral testimony from eight experts on state budgeting issues and received written testimony from two others.

Below are links for the written testimony some experts submitted to the Select Committee for the public hearing. The Select Committee's staff will issue a report detailing key findings and conclusions from information gathered during the event.

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Public hearing transcript

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Testimony from E.J. McMahn of the Empire Center for New York State Policy

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Testimony from George Sweeting of the City of New York Independent Budget Office

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Testimoony from Sally Robinson of the League of Women Voters of New York State

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Testimony from Blair Horner of the New York State Public Interest Research Group

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Testimony from Stephen Acquario of the New York State Association of Counties

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Testimony from Carol O'Cleireacain of the Brookings Institution

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Testimony from Elizabeth Lyman of Citizens Budget Commission

December 28, 2009
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Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform Public Hearing on Budget Reform

Once again, New York State finds itself in the midst of a fiscal crisis. While the economic downturn drove many of the state’s budgetary problems, they have been agitated severely by opaque and rushed fiscal planning procedures. To address these procedural deficiencies, the Legislature in 2007 passed a series of budget reforms. They required everything from the creation of joint conference committees to the itemization of member items in resolutions.

December 16, 2009
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What happened to the Data Center and the Jobs?

Griffo: Administration Owes Area Explanation Regarding Data Center

December 11, 2009
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