ALBANY, 03/03/10 – State senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today called for a full court press on development of the 2010-2011 budget. “The budget deadline is less than a month away and to date, very little has been accomplished concerning the 2010-2011 state budget. We need to move forward now with a complete review of the governor’s proposal and set to work amending the plan for final approval. Today’s five-way leaders meetings is a start, but we need to ramp up the work load.
ONEONTA, 03/22/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the senate budget resolution which he voted against:
“On the plus side, today’s senate budget resolution finally starts the process of adopting a state budget for 2010-2011. Unfortunately, that is about the only positive trait I can find in the flawed proposal.
ALBANY, 04/12/08- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today voted against an emergency budget extender bill becasue it suspends payments for ongoing state-funded capital construction projects.
"Construction companies across upstate New York have been forced to lay off hundreds of hardworking individuals because the state isnt meeting its obligations," Seward said. "This endangers critical infrastructure improvements and leaves families in a precarious financial position."
ALBANY, 04/19/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I) votes against emergency budget extenders and calls on his senate colleagues to begin bipartisan, public budget conference committees as required by law.
Seward says the emergency budget extender bill is incomplete, failing to authorize payment for already approved construction projects. In turn, contractors are being forced to lay off workers, sending individuals to the unemployment line and threatening vital infrastructure improvements.
ALBANY, 04/21/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is calling for a state budget that includes commonsense spending cuts, property tax relief, job creating economic development incentives and most importantly - NO NEW TAXES.
Last year, the record spending budget, opposed by Senator Seward, included $8 billion in new taxes and fees, driving families and businesses out of the state. Albany leaders are proposing more of the same this year.
The state budget impasse continues in Albany and unfortunately, the log jam doesn’t look like it will break anytime soon.
One reason the budget is late is because political leaders have failed to open up the process and begin public, bipartisan conference committees as required by law. For a number of years, informal conference committees, made up of rank and file lawmakers, met in full view of the public and the media to hammer out a final budget agreement. The process worked so well that in 2007, the process was formalized and adopted into law.
RICHMONDVILLE, 04/30/10--Senator James L. Seward (R,C,I-Oneonta), Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie), and Mark Galasso, President of Lancaster Development, Inc., today launched their “No Work Here” construction signs campaign in Richmondville. The campaign is meant to spur greater public awareness of the increasing loss of construction jobs on local roadway projects as a result of inaction on the state budget, and to urge Albany’s three legislative leaders to take substantive action to protect working families.
As the calendar pages continue to turn and a state budget remains in limbo, the level of concern continues to rise. Individuals from all walks of life call my office, send letters and e-mails, or simply stop me on the street to ask about the status of the state’s fiscal plan. Their concern is warranted. As the budget stalemate extends from days to weeks to months, the negative effects extend to more and more families and business across the state.
ONEONTA, 06/04/10-- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the launch of “Cut It Out!: Citizens Cutting Government Waste” – an interactive new on-line tool that will enable concerned taxpayers to cast votes for specific wasteful spending items that they would like to see eliminated from the state budget.