Governor Andrew M. Cuomo traveled to Molloy College to outline his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor's Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.
On February 12, the New York State Mandate Council met on Long Island for the first time, at SUNY Old Westbury to hear testimony from local government leaders on ideas for mandate relief measures.
The council was created as a means to review certain maintains that are placed on school districts and local governments to see if there are regulations that can be changed or eliminated in order to provide relief to local communities. Senator Jack M. Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, was appointed to the council and is its only Long Island member.
It was a good day for Long Island yesterday in Albany.
The state's three most powerful figures -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) -- reached agreement on a new $132.6-billion budget that builds on last year's outbreak of fiscal responsibility by reducing spending slightly while funding a bevy of worthy initiatives.
2012-13 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes, Creates Jobs
For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1.
It is indeed a new era in Albany. For the second straight year, the State Legislature and the Governor agreed on an on-time budget that doesn’t raise any taxes or fees while eliminating a $2 billion deficit.
“The state is in infinitely better shape now than it was two years ago when state government was is disarray. We now have passed two consecutive budgets that represent sound fiscal management. For years, the state outspent its resources and then passed the burden onto the taxpayers. Over the last two years, we sent a clear message that those days are over,” said Senator Jack M. Martins, who is in his first term in the Senate.
New Yorkers said, “Play it Again, Sam,” and we did. For the second consecutive year, your state government produced an on-time budget that puts the breaks on state spending and does not increase taxes or fees. You heard that correctly: holds spending in check with no new taxes or fees.
For the second consecutive year, Senator Jack M. Martins and his colleagues in the Senate worked with the Governor to pass an on-time budget that doesn't raise any taxes or fees. At the same time, they closed the budget gap while increasing aid to education and restoring the EPIC program for seniors. The budget success of the last two years sends a clear message that positive change has come to Albany. Years of dysfunction have been replaced by sound fiscal management and government efficiency.
Senator Jack M. Martins introduced Governor Cuomo at SUNY Old Westbury, where the Governor discussed the state-of-the-state to a packed auditorium. Senator Martins and the Governor both recognized the ability of the executive and legislature to work together the past two years on passing balanced budget that closed billion of dollars in deficits to get New York State on the right fiscal track. They also recognized that there is a lot more to do in keeping New York's economy moving through job creation and economic development.
Budget Proposal Would Create New Jobs and Ensure Fiscal Responsibility
The New York State Senate approved a 2013-14 budget resolution, proposed by the Senate Majority Coalition, that focuses on helping businesses create new jobs, investing additional funds in education and transportation, providing mandate relief to local governments, and restoring proposed cuts to women’s health programs as well programs for the developmentally disabled. The budget also includes a proposal for a permanent two-percent state spending cap.
Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on "Your Voice" from Albany to discuss the Family Tax Relief Act and the new plan to create jobs in New York State. Both initiatives were included in the Senate's Budget Resolution.