Times are indeed changing in Albany and for the better. Not only do we have an on-time budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, but we went through the process with both sides of the aisle working together. The budget passed with overwhelming support in the legislature. Most importantly, we passed a fiscally-responsible budget that closed a $10 billion deficit without raising any taxes or fees. It is quite a change from years past when our state government found a way to overspend and overtax in the middle of a financial crisis. Quite frankly, we couldn’t suffer another year of those past practices and so we made a commitment – we would balance the budget, not on the backs of our taxpayers, but by cutting spending.
011-12 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes and Creates Jobs
The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline. The budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.
“With this budget we have begun to restore hope to millions of New Yorkers who want state government to spend less, tax less and do more to encourage job creation,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said. “The budget achieved all of these goals by reducing overall state spending by getting rid of some of the devastating tax and fee increases enacted by
During the state budget process, Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the Senator worked together with the Governor to pass a budget that closes a $10 billion deficit while holding the line on taxes. Since taking office in January, Senator Martins has been working toward providing tax relief for Long Island families and businesses.
Senator Jack M. Martins and his Senate colleagues from Long Island made a push to get the Assembly to pass a 2 percent tax cap as a means to bring property tax relief to Long Island families at a press conference on Thursday. Governor Andrew Cuomo has been a proponent of the cap, which was already passed by the Senate. The bill just needs approval from the Assembly to become law.
Senator Jack M. Martins speaks about an historic legislative session in Albany during which a budget was passed that cuts spending in order to close a $10 billion budget deficit. The State Senate also worked together with the Governor to pass tax cap legislation. Senator Martins also led the way in providing mandate relief to school districts and local governments.
When I write these columns, I find it helpful to think about the friends and neighbors that I’ve met throughout our district. I envision this column as sitting together over a weekly cup of coffee and having a healthy, steady exchange about what’s happening in Albany. To be sure, so much of what I have carried upstate about good governance was born of these everyday sessions. Sharing this particular week’s column is indeed a pleasure.
Local Governments Need Relief From MTA Payroll Tax
If you’ll indulge me, I’d ask you to imagine a very complex flow chart, one with a jumble of miniscule numbers and overlapping arrows pointing in every direction that are nearly impossible to decipher. That’s what government bureaucracies tend to create. But in my years of public service, I happen to have gotten pretty good at analyzing these labyrinths, tracing their complexities back to their respective centers. What’s more, I can now almost always predict what you’ll find there: an overburdened taxpayer that doesn’t know what hit him.