I applaud Governor Paterson for embracing the recommendation by Senate Republicans that he get rid of the tax and fee hikes in his budget, as indicated by news reports. It’s a good start, but there is much more to be done.
Senate Minorioty Leader Dean Skelos along with his colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference today proposed an amendment to deficiency budget legislation being advanced by Senate Democrats that would restore $2.7 million to libraries and $6.3 million to non-public schools. The Senate Democrats voted to defeat the amendment.
The funds were eliminated as part of last year’s budget and during last summer’s special session in August.
New York State Senate Republicans today unanimously opposed a bill pushed by Senate Democrats that would protect deadbeat dads from paying costs associated with their own children while requiring State and local taxpayers to automatically pick up the additional costs.
Meanwhile, the bill would open up taxpayer supported child care subsidies to illegal aliens, who shouldn’t qualify for benefits targeted for New Yorkers and their families.