Betty Little's posts related to Budget

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."

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POST STAR EDITORIAL: Last chance to speak up

Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 3:00 am

This is your last shot.

If you don't go to tonight's public hearing on the Warren County budget and tell them what you think, you'll be stuck with whatever they dish out.

Warren County government has been in the spotlight this year as the poster child for what happens when you spend too much during the good times and don't plan for the bad times.

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Lawmakers draw line in the sand at unfunded mandates

By KIM SMITH DEDAMPress Republican Staff WriterJanuary 15, 2010 03:28 am

SARANAC LAKE — State budget cuts should come with a hitch: Remove unfunded mandates.

This was the key message North Country lawmakers delivered early Thursday at a Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast.

Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) and Janet Duprey (R-Peru) discussed dire budget concerns in unison with area business, civic and political leaders here.

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Local reps discuss state government at NCCC

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: January 15, 2010

SARANAC LAKE - Gov. David Paterson will unveil his 2010-11 state budget next Tuesday, and it is being reported that it will contain a $2 billion spending increase.

Although this is much less than the $11 billion increase, including $8 billion in new taxes and fees, that led to the current $133 billion state budget last year, three North Country legislators said they would prefer a budget that doesn't increase spending at all.

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Legislature Begins Review of Governor's Executive Budget

Statement by Senator Betty Little

 “There’s no question in anyone’s mind of the economic challenge New York State government faces this year and next

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Local officials assess how the North Country will be impacted

By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: January 20, 2010

As local politicians and organizations assessed the potential impacts of Gov. David Paterson's proposed budget on the North Country, many were concerned about how cuts would affect the region, but some saw some bright spots.

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Meeting on the VICs’ future

Paul Smith’s College will host summit but says it cannot run a visitors’ nature center

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: January 23, 2010   

PAUL SMITHS - Paul Smith's College will host a meeting next week on the future of the state Adirondack Park Agency's Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, which Gov. David Paterson has proposed closing along with the Newcomb VIC.

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LITTLE: MEDICAID REFORM NEEDED TO ADDRESS BUDGET CRISIS

LITTLE: MEDICAID REFORM NEEDED TO ADDRESS BUDGET CRISIS

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Local lawmakers vote against extender

Press-RepublicanJune 15, 2010 By JOE LoTEMPLIO, and CASEY RYAN VOCK Staff Writer, Contributing Writer

ALBANY — All three lawmakers from the North Country voted Monday evening in opposition to the state's emergency spending bill.

The measure squeaked through the Senate, 34-27, and gained Assembly approval with ease.

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Essex County expects about $350k in cuts

Majority are in state health, social services

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: June 15, 2010   

ELIZABETHTOWN - The $327 million in cuts to mental health and social services that the state Legislature passed Monday evening are expected to have a $350,000 annual impact on Essex County, according to county Manager Dan Palmer.

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