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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.