ONEONTA, 10/15/09— Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on the governor’s deficit reduction plan:
“Since last spring when the governor signed off on a record spending budget that raised taxes by more than $8 billion, I have been calling for commonsense cuts, tax rollbacks and real help for our small businesses to improve our state’s economy. It’s about time the governor and other Democrat leaders who came up with the out of control budget get the message.
New York’s finances have been front and center over the past several weeks. Every time you opened the newspaper or turned on the television or radio another story concerning the budget deficit was making headlines. Now after multiple special sessions in Albany a budget deal has been finalized. However, this won’t be the last time you hear about the state’s financial situation.
As we start 2010 it is time for New York to embark on a new direction. Our economic struggles have been well documented, particularly across the upstate region, and the time has come to change our thinking and generate a true rebirth. Last year we went to the edge of the cliff and if we are to avoid plunging into the financial abyss some tough decisions are required.
ALBANY, 01/19/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on Gov. Paterson’s 2010-2011 budget proposal: “The governor hit on many of the right talking points, but the real question is whether he will follow through in the finished product. If past results are any indication, the answer is no.
Governor Paterson recently unveiled his 2010 – 2011 budget proposal and while some ideas merit further examination others must be dismissed entirely if we are to promote economic development and job growth in upstate New York.