Issues: Budget

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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POST STAR EDITORIAL: Last chance to speak up

Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 3:00 am

This is your last shot.

If you don't go to tonight's public hearing on the Warren County budget and tell them what you think, you'll be stuck with whatever they dish out.

Warren County government has been in the spotlight this year as the poster child for what happens when you spend too much during the good times and don't plan for the bad times.

To read more click HERE.

December 10, 2009
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December 9, 2009
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Significant legislative action taken to close deficit and reduce spending

This week, New York State took strong legislative action that represents real progress toward economic recovery in both the short and long term.

Continued declining tax revenues left the state with an approximate $3 billion mid-year deficit, which needed immediate attention to ensure payments to school districts and local municipalities and to protect the state from a downgrade in credit rating.

December 4, 2009
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Deficit Reduction Plan

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J.

December 4, 2009
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Spending Cap Still Needed

The New York State budget at the turn of this millennium, in the 2000-2001 state fiscal year, amounted to approximately $78 billion.

Nearly a decade later, the 2009-2010 state budget enacted by Governor David Paterson and the Democratic leadership of the state Legislature this past April, came in at nearly $132 billion.

December 4, 2009
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DRP Is Just A Start

New York’s finances have been front and center over the past several weeks.  Every time you opened the newspaper or turned on the television or radio another story concerning the budget deficit was making headlines.  Now after multiple special sessions in Albany a budget deal has been finalized.  However, this won’t be the last time you hear about the state’s financial situation.

December 4, 2009
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STATEMENT FROM SEN. YOUNG ON DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN

           “I entirely agreed with the Governor that tough decisions had to be made.  We had to take action to address the budget crisis before the state runs out of money, but in many ways, I was disappointed by the bill that was put on the floor.  

December 3, 2009
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SENATE PASSES BIPARTISAN DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN

Cuts nearly $3 billion in spending while preventing tax hikes and loss of aid to vital services

December 2, 2009
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Deficit Reduction Plan

 

Aubertine-led coalition led the fight to protect against new taxes, fees, devastating cuts

December 2, 2009
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Senate Initiates Budgetary Cost Savings Through IT In-Sourcing

(Albany, NY) – Today, the New York State Senate passed fiscally prudent legislation that will keep Information Technology (IT) jobs in-house rather than outsourcing, creating significant budgetary savings.  By providing the necessary training and  in-sourcing the state’s IT workforce,  New York State ensures employees greater job security while increasing their skill set.

December 2, 2009
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Statement from Senator Steve Saland on the Deficit Reduction Package

When I voted no on the 2009-10 State Budget which  increased spending by $12 billion and raised taxes and fees by $8.5 billion, I said it was not merely an irresponsible budget but sheer lunacy.  I warned the Democrat leadership that their out of control spending could not be sustained in this weak economy.

December 2, 2009
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DRP A First Step

 ALBANY, 12/02/09 – Senator James L.

December 2, 2009
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DRP A First Step

 ALBANY, 12/02/09 – Senator James L.

December 2, 2009
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Deficit Reduction Plan

Cuts nearly $3 billion in spending while preventing tax hikes and loss of aid to vital services

December 2, 2009
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STATEMENT REGARDING DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG

November 24, 2009
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11.24.09 STATEMENT REGARDING DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG

November 24, 2009
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