Albany, N.Y.–Earlier this year, in the wake of a 2009-2010 state budget adoption process that continues to draw criticism from government reform advocates for its unprecedented secrecy and lack of public scrutiny, State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) offered a legislative amendment to require that every state budget adoption include the use of joint, bipartisan conference committees.
Under the conference committee process, various segments of the state budget are debated by committees made up of individual senators and assembly members, on a bipartisan basis, who meet in public to settle differences and negotiate compromises.
If you consider the 2010 election season in terms of horse racing – and I’ve been reading more than a few critics this election season lamenting that America’s political discourse has become little more than sports entertainment in too many races – then voters have reached the home stretch. It’s time to cross the finish line.
It’s time to decide.
So while it’s hard in these final days to cut through the negative advertising and all the rest, here’s my own issues scorecard on what I hope will guide voters’ decisions on November 2nd :