Issues: Budget

Senate Finance Committee to Hold Long Island Public Hearing To Discuss Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

Albany, NY—Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, will chair the second of four regional public hearings in Suffolk County with Senator Brian X. Foley on Tuesday to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local services and programs. The Governor has proposed approximately $3 billion in reductions including mid-year cuts to school funding, cuts to Medicaid services, and raiding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Environmental Protection Fund. 

October 26, 2009
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Senate Finance Committee to Hold NYC Public Hearing To Discuss Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

Albany, NY—Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, will chair the first of four regional public hearings in New York City on Monday to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local services and programs. The Governor has proposed approximately $3 billion in reductions including mid-year cuts to school funding, cuts to Medicaid services, and raiding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Environmental Protection Fund. 

October 23, 2009
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Gov asks mayor & Thompson for B.P.C. help

By Julie Shapiro

Feature article in the Downtown Express

Desperate to fill the $3 billion hole in the state’s budget this year, Gov. David Paterson is making another grab for the Battery Park City Authority’s money.

Paterson wants to take $300 million from the authority, which would be an unprecedented use of the authority’s funds. Paterson tried and failed to do something similar earlier this year, and his current proposal is also far from a done deal.

October 23, 2009
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Senate Schedules Budget Oversight Hearings RE: Deficit Reduction Plan

Albany, NY—Committed to the development of a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan that protects vital services without imposing any new taxes or fees, New York State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger has scheduled two additional regional budget hearings for Thursday, October 29th in Westchester County, and Monday, November 2nd in Buffalo. Hearings in New York City and Long Island were previously announced. 

October 21, 2009
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Senate Schedules Budget Oversight hearings RE: Deficit Reduction Plan

Albany, NY—Committed to the development of a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan that protects vital services without imposing any new taxes or fees, New York State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger has scheduled two additional regional budget hearings for Thursday, October 29th in Westchester County, and Monday, November 2nd in Buffalo. Hearings in New York City and Long Island were previously announced. 

October 21, 2009
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Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson to Hold Press Availablity

SENATE MAJORITY CONFERENCE LEADERJOHN L. SAMPSON TO HOLD PRESS AVAILABILITY WHERE: Senate Hearing Room, 19th Floor, 250 Broadway, NYC WHEN: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 3 P.M. ** This availability will be streamed live on the net:livestream.com/nysenate ### Additional Senate news available at http://nysenate.govNew York State Senate | MajorityConference.News@senate.state.ny.us | 518-455-2415

October 20, 2009
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Senate Holds Hearings on Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

Albany, NY—Committed to the development of a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan that protects vital services without placing any additional burden on taxpayers, the New York State Senate Finance Committee will commence two public hearings next week to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local services and programs supported by the state. Additional hearings are being arranged for the weeks ahead so that taxpayers from every region of the state are heard as the Senate seeks to cut spending and reform the budget process.

October 19, 2009
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO PROPOSES BUDGET CUTTING MEASURES

Last April, when Governor David Paterson and the New York City-controlled legislature adopted a New York State budget that carried a $13 billion increase in spending, I warned the Governor and his colleagues that there would be dire consequences for their actions.

October 16, 2009
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Paterson pitches plan to cut deficits by $5B

Wire and staff reports GLENS FALLS POST STAR

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:00 pm

ALBANY -- In a defining moment for Gov. David Paterson, the Democrat proposed Thursday a rare midyear school aid reduction as well as cuts to hospitals, nursing homes and aid to college students, all to contend with the state's growing deficit.

"It's pain that is indescribable, but it is the only way to keep this state from going into default," Paterson said. "I would expect I will come into harsh criticism."

October 16, 2009
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Senate Republican Recommendations For Cost Cutting & Budget Savings

Senate Republican Recommendations For Cost Cutting and Budget Savings


 

 Review $2.2 billion in general fund spending added to the 2009-10 budget by the legislature for possible reductions.

October 15, 2009
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Governor's DRP Misses The Mark

ONEONTA, 10/15/09— Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on the governor’s deficit reduction plan:

“Since last spring when the governor signed off on a record spending budget that raised taxes by more than $8 billion, I have been calling for commonsense cuts, tax rollbacks and real help for our small businesses to improve our state’s economy.  It’s about time the governor and other Democrat leaders who came up with the out of control budget get the message.

October 15, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

“The Senate is committed to generating lasting economic growth with a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan, and have been in discussions with the Executive for weeks about how best to close the state’s projected budget gap. Both houses of the Legislature had their first opportunity today to hear the Governor’s recommendations. While time may have been lost waiting for these ideas to emerge, our Finance Committee has now begun the task of reviewing the fiscal consequences of each of these proposals. 

October 15, 2009
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Statement From Senator Carl Kruger Chair, Senate Finance Committee

“The Senate remains committed to generating a fiscally prudent deficit reduction proposal that promotes lasting economic growth and does not place any additional burden on taxpayers. Three weeks ago, the Senate first began working with the Governor’s office and other legislative leaders to develop a responsible and prudent plan to close the budget gap.   We will do so without imposing new taxes and we must preserve our state’s vital services in these difficult times. 

October 15, 2009
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Taxes? More Taxes?

It’s no secret that as we approach the month of September in New York, the state is facing yet another budget deficit – this time one that’s already topping $2 billion and could rise even higher.

October 15, 2009
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Statement from Senator Valesky About Rejection of DOT 5-Year Capital Plan

“While I agree with the call for fiscal discipline and strongly oppose any new taxes as we enter the 2009-2010 budget season, I am disappointed  that the DOT’s 5-Year Capital Plan was so quickly dismissed in its entirety without consideration of alternatives. 

October 8, 2009
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Letter to the Editor Regarding STAR

Dear Editor: I read with great interest the article, “Star Tax Relief Loses More of Its Luster” in the October 5, 2009 issue of your paper, which discussed the Legislature’s reduction of star benefits and the elimination of star rebate checks.  In the article it was stated that the “Legislature quietly” took these actions.  In fact, the actions were not taken by all Legislators and some Legislators were anything but quiet about it. During the public hearings, as the Republican Ranking member on the Finance Committee,  I  spoke  loudly,&nbsp

October 8, 2009
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New York Needs a New Way of Budgeting

Every passing day brings a sea of news about economic conditions in the nation and state. We are getting a lot of data, some good and some bad.

While no elected official or the legislature in New York State can control the global economy, there is something we can do: plan our budgeting process so that government runs as efficiently as possible, and protect New York State, and its taxpayers, as much as possible from future financial crises.

October 2, 2009
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Senator Valesky Calls for New Approach to State Budgeting, Citing SyraStat Success

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is calling for the adoption of performance budgeting for New York state that has worked in Syracuse as part of a long-term strategy to cut spending and improve efficiency in state government. Senator Valesky recently wrote new Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, who will be extensively involved in the state budget development, advocating this new approach.

October 1, 2009
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Senator Larkin Cosponsors Legislation To Repeal Utility Tax Increase

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) cosponsored legislation that would repeal a new tax on utilities included in the 2009-10 state budget.

Senate Bill 6132 would repeal a new law that went into effect July 1st requiring individuals and businesses to pay a 2% New York State Mandated tax for gas and electric utilities. The money from this tax will be sent directly to the state's general fund.

September 30, 2009
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Democrats Target Sportsmen With Higher Fees - $22 Million Hit To Upstate Economy

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today spoke out about increased fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

"As sportsmen prepare for the upcoming hunting and fishing seasons, many are beginning to realize that almost every sporting license has increased significantly since last year," said Senator Larkin. "The license fee increases were included in this year's disastrous state budget, put together in secret by Governor Paterson and the Legislature's Democratic majorities."

September 30, 2009
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