State Senate Republicans today blasted Governor Paterson for trying to impose higher surcharges on utility companies that would end up costing consumers of electricity, natural gas and telephone services hundreds of millions of dollars in higher gas, phone and electric bills. The Senators said the latest massive tax hike plan is one of several being discussed by the Governor, and Democratic leaders from New York City during secret budget negotiations.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Republican Leader Jim Tedisco and members of their respective conferences, today criticized Governor Paterson, Senator Malcolm Smith and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for conducting the most secretive budget process in history.
In addition, Senate Republicans said they will not support budget legislation that is negotiated in complete secrecy, dropped on their desks at the last moment and brought up for vote with no chance for examination, and will do whatever is necessary to give the public an opportunity to review budget bills.
With just 12 days until the April 1 st budget deadline, Senate Republicans are the only ones to issue a comprehensive budget plan as an alternative to the Governor’s budget.
The Senate Republican budget, which was proposed over two weeks ago, is also a better budget. We eliminate all of the Governor’s tax increases, reduce state spending, restore property tax rebates, encourage job creation, and use the stimulus money to create a fair, balanced and responsible budget.
SENATE DEMOCRATS OPPOSE GOP EFFORT TO REDUCE SOARING HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, TAXPAYERS Amendments would have rolled back new Democrat health insurance tax, extended State’s Healthy NY program to help small businesses afford coverage
Senate Democrats today rejected a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.
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.