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State Budget Another Constructive Step Forward

ALBANY, 03/30/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on final approval of the 2012-2013 state budget:

“For the second year in a row, New York has an on-time, and in fact, early, state budget.  This important achievement is proof-positive that Albany is working again.

“The fiscally responsible budget cuts state spending, closes a $2 billion budget gap without raising taxes, rebuilds our upstate roads and bridges and funnels additional education aid to our neediest rural schools.

Vital Farm Safety Program Receives State Funding

CORTLAND, 04/23/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2012-2013 state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to protect New York farmers through continuation of the highly successful New York Rollover Protection System (ROPS) Rebate Program. 

“Agriculture is our state’s number one industry.  It is vital to our economy and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “Ensuring our farmers have proper safety equipment is crucial and that is why I have strongly supported the ROPS rebate program since its inception.”

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2012 Session - Solutions & Accountability

ALBANY, 06/21/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2012 legislative session:

“Albany is results driven once again and for that reason there were plenty of notable accomplishments during the 2012 legislative session.  We focused on solutions and accountability.

 “For a second consecutive year we passed an on-time state budget that kept spending in check, rejected new taxes and fees, funds the reconstruction of our upstate roads and bridges and funnels additional education aid to our neediest rural schools. 

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Governor's Budget Proposal Strikes The Right Themes

ALBANY, 01/22/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:

“Fiscal responsibility has been a key phrase in Albany over the last two years and this year’s budget proposal from the governor appears to maintain that goal.  Overall, I was pleased with the spending plan which offers a sound baseline to build on as we embark on budget negotiations.

Education Budget Proposal Under Review

 

SCHOHARIE, 02/05/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today made a special budget presentation to school superintendents and board of education members from Schoharie County school districts.  Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) joined Senator Seward for the presentation which focused on the governor’s 2013-2014 budget proposal and its impact on rural school districts.

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Seward Starts Fine Tuning State Budget

 

ALBANY, 02/04/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to three key senate budget sub-committees which will review the governor’s budget proposal and offer recommendations for modifications.  Senator Seward will serve on the education, health and higher education & arts sub-committees.

“State expenditures on education and health are leading concerns and effect a number of economic sectors,” said Senator Seward.  “Spending decisions made at the Capitol in these areas greatly influence the budgets of local schools, households, and governments.  Small business owners also closely monitor these issues because they impact their ability to operate and expand.

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"Grown In New York" Will Boost Ag Production, Strengthen Family Farms

ALBANY, 03/05/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to unveil the “Grown in New York” plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry.  Among the initiative’s highlights – market expansion for New York-grown products, financial assistance for farm-friendly programs, end to government red tape hampering farm growth, and improved farm safety.

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Senate Budget Meets Our Needs, Moves State Forward

ALBANY, 03/11/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on passage of a senate budget resolution for fiscal year 2013-14:

“For a third straight year, we are on track to pass an on-time, and in fact, the earliest state budget in more than 30 years, and one that focuses on job creation, education aid for our neediest schools, and tax relief for middle class families.

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State Budget Development Enters Home Stretch

 

ALBANY, 03/12/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees which held their first meetings today in Albany. 

Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:

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Seward Continues Fight For Needy Schools

ALBANY, 03/13/13 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) delivered opening remarks today during the joint budget conference committee on education meeting.  

Senator Seward served on the senate education budget subcommittee, and the plan that panel recommended to the full senate became part of the senate’s budget resolution passed on March 11.

The senate majority coalition plan:

*Jumps aid to public schools by 4.6 percent or $925 million (more than $400 million more than the governor’s plan;

*Increases the governor’s proposed restorations to the gap elimination adjustment (GEA) from $321 million to $620 million overall -- nearly doubling funding to reduce districts’ GEA and bringing it down to $1.5 billion;