Senator Little is pictured with students who visited Albany recently to advocate for the college Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Pictured from left are: Mike Borden of Ausable Valley High School, Nicole Byrne, a student counselor, Senator Little, Justin Gallo of Lake Placid High School and Natalie Stevens of Tupper Lake High School.
The only thing worse than this year’s budget process is the product itself.
While there is a lot to not like about the plan, what concerns me the most is the absence of a job growth strategy. The new budget does nothing to ensure that two years from now, when most of the federal stimulus money is spent, our state’s economy will be stronger. In fact, by raising taxes and fees $8 billion, this plan will inflict damage on our economy at a time when families and businesses can not afford a heavier burden.
“Governor Paterson has made the right decision by scrapping the $1.3 billion so-called ‘fun tax’,” said Senator Betty Little. “Raising taxes on families and businesses would suppress economic activity at a time when billions of dollars are being pumped into our state to stimulate growth.
State lawmakers Senator Betty Little and Assemblymembers Janet Duprey, Tony Jordan and Teresa Sayward today announced a series of grants awarded to libraries throughout the North Country.
The library construction grants are made available through a $14 million capital fund approved last year as part of the 2008-09 state budget. More than 40 percent of the approximately 1,000 public library buildings throughout New York are over 60 years old.
State Senator Betty Little has moved her Capital office. The new location is Room 506 of the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12247. The phone number (518) 455-2811 and fax (518) 426-6873 are unchanged.
Says federal stimulus will provide opportunity to eliminate tax hikes
State Senator Betty Little today joined her Senate Republican colleagues to urge Governor David Paterson to resubmit his executive budget proposal saying the federal stimulus aid will provide an opportunity to eliminate the $6 billion in higher taxes and fees.
State Senator Betty Little voted against a deficit reduction plan approved yesterday by the Assembly and Senate, saying that lawmakers and the public were not given an adequate opportunity to consider the $1.6 billion spending reduction plan.
State Senator Betty Little (R,C,I-Queensbury) today said she is disappointed the 2009-10 Executive Budget has not been amended to eliminate a proposal that would cap New York State’s payments of taxes on approximately 3 million acres of Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park.
Writes governor with concern for smaller “mom and pop” liquor stores
State Senator Betty Little has written a letter to Governor David A. Paterson asking that his administration withdraw an executive budget proposal that would permit the sale of wine in grocery, convenience and drug stores.
Little said she is concerned liquor stores in the North Country would lose a large percentage of their sales, forcing some to lay off employees or close.
At an environmental budget hearing today in Albany, State Senator Betty Little asked Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Alexander “Pete” Grannis to rescind an executive budget proposal that would freeze state property tax payments on Forest Preserve Lands.
Statement by Sen. Betty LittleReaction to Gov. David Paterson’s State of the State AddressWednesday, Jan. 7. 2009
"Governor Paterson’s State of the State address was a somber assessment of our financial condition but also an optimistic call for hope, courage and action. We face a tremendous challenge in having to overcome a $15 billion budget deficit over the next 16 months. The
Financial aid helps pay college costs. It comes from the federal government as Pell Grants, Work-Study, Perkins Loans, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and the federal loan programs, including Stafford (student) and PLUS (parent) loans.New York State financial aid consists of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS), scholarships, and other special awards.Financial aid from colleges can be institutional grants, scholarships, work programs and loans.Applying for New York State and federal aid is FREE. You
Identity Theft: Important Information to Protect You and Your Family Dear New Yorker:Identity theft, the fastest growing white-collar crime in the nation, is a felony in New York State thanks to a law passed in 2002. Those who commit the crime of identity theft can be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. The measure also makes identity theft victims eligible for restitution and gives them the right to sue in civil court for damages done to their credit ratings. This past session, I was pleased to support another measure to further combat identity theft.