Statement on Senate Budget Resolution


Albany, NY – Today, the State Senate passed a budget resolution. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“New York is facing one of the toughest budget challenges in its history, but it also presents us with the opportunity to change the direction of this State by stopping the endless increases in taxes and spending. The State Senate turned obstacle into opportunity today, by passing a budget resolution that closes a $10 billion deficit, reduces spending and rejects tax increases.

The resolution cuts spending in the Governor’s proposal by an additional $100 million and includes $2.75 billion in cuts to the most expensive Medicaid system in the country.  More importantly, the resolution redirects $280 million in funding for school aid to Upstate districts, which the Governor’s budget disproportionately cut.  It eliminates $296 million in cost shifts to local governments that would have led to property tax increases for taxpayers.

Today’s budget resolution sends the message that the State Senate is listening to the people – not the lobbyists and special interests that want to keep taxing and spending.  As the April 1st deadline approaches, my colleagues and I in the State Senate will utilize our budget proposal as a road map to an on-time budget.”