Senator John DeFrancisco explains why he voted against the budget extender bill and updates where the legislature is on getting a budget enacted for this fiscal year. Includes four video clips from the Senate Floor from April 12th
NYS Senator John DeFrancisco gives an update on the budget process this year and talks about the need for joint public budget conference committee hearings. He says it's something the legislature didn't do last year.
Senator DeFrancisco talks about the recent controversy surrounding Governor Paterson and the Gov's proposal to delay state income tax refunds. Also discussion and a video clip of a public hearing on human services about nutrition and food stamps.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today advocated for a bill that was just introduced that would fix a dangerous problem created by legislation that was passed earlier this year. The enacted legislation, which is set to take effect on June 8th, would allow courts to seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete drug court, so there will be no record of their conviction when they apply for employment.
The secretly-negotiated MTA bailout deal is a massive new mandate that will drive up local property taxes, increase taxes on jobs and do nothing to reform the bloated and wasteful spending by the Authority. Even worse, the plan does nothing for Upstate New York.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today commented on the state tax increases on beer and wine . The tax hikes were part of the 2009-10 state budget pushed through by Governor Paterson and Senate Democrats, and opposed by Senator DeFrancisco and his Republican colleagues in the Senate.