New York State Senate Republicans today offered a comprehensive budget savings plan that spends less than the Executive Budget proposed, rejects $6.2 billion in taxes and fees proposed by Governor Paterson, implements a spending cap to restrain future spending growth and helps businesses create jobs to strengthen the State’s economy.
The plan leaves $1.2 billion currently in reserves untapped and fully funded, and increases the State’s overall fiscal reserves by nearly $1 billion so New York is on sounder fiscal footing.
In 2007 sweeping budget reform laws were enacted that were supported and touted by every Democrat and Republican. We put in place a public schedule to get a budget done in public and on time. The law requires that join budget conference committee meeting be scheduled within 10 days of submission of the Executive Budget. It calls for the Senate and Assembly to pass their own versions of a budget in bill or resolution form, and have the differences discussed in public.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino today reiterated his opposition to the MTA’s proposed payroll tax on all Long Island employers because it will impose a costly, multi-million dollar unfunded mandate on Long Island’s taxpayers.
In the aftermath of Monday’s announcement that more than 78,000 Americans lost their jobs in a single day, including thousands in New York State, Senator Carl L. Marcellino said that new job creation initiatives must be part of the 2009-10 state budget to turn around the economy on Long Island.
The new net metering law (Chapter 483, L. 2008, will allow an expanded number of customers to take part in net metering for renewable electric generating systems. Net metering allows a utility customer with an on-site electric generating system to send excess power that they generate back to the utility grid, receiving a credit on future electric bills. If after one year there is a positive balance, the corporation will pay residential and agricultural customer-generators the balance.
State Senator Carl L. Marcellino announced today that the New York State Senate passed property tax legislation and mandate relief bills designed to reduce costs for schools and ensure adequate resources for New York State’s students.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D, Buffalo) announced today that the Senate and Assembly have passed S.8612/A.7335A, which establishes Smart Growth Principles for New York State.
Long Island Senator Carl Marcellino supports a new state law that will ban texting while driving, which has been blamed in a growing number of fatal car accidents. In 2007, five high school seniors near Rochester, NY, were killed in a car crash that police said may have been caused by a texting driver. Police said the driver had sent and received text messages within minutes of the crash. Senator Marcellino is speaking on the floor of the NYS Senate in Albany.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) announced today that the Senate has passed his legislation, Senate Bill 5442-B, which requires all new construction and substantial renovation projects undertaken by New York State to comply with green building principles. The bill has already passed the Assembly.
The New York State Senate today passed the "Home Heating Relief Act," sponsored by Senator Carl Marcellino, Chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, to provide a one thousand dollar tax deduction to homeowners who purchase heating oil, natural gas and propane during the winter heating season.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino announced today that the Senate has passed his legislation, Senate Bill 607-A which requires school districts to include the percentage of its budget spent on classroom expenses in its school district report card.