"Governor Andrew Cuomo presented some options on how to reduce state spending, and eliminate the deficit. The Governor and I share the same vision to consolidate government operations by merging eleven separate entities into four state agencies, and reducing state spending by 10 percent. The Governor's proposed budget sets the right tone for the challenges ahead. I understand that this budget is not pretty, but I am confident in working with the people of Western New York, the Governor and elected officials from both sides of the aisle to assure that Western New York is not forgotten about and that the budget is passed on-time."
"I applaud Governor Cuomo and his team for their work on the 2012 budget. We look forward to passing an on-time and balanced budget to eliminate the state’s deficit while ensuring vital government services are not impacted. I am also pleased to see that Environmental Protection Funding held level at $134 million, and the commitment the Governor has in Western New York to get our private sector economy rolling again. In addition, this budget starts the much needed discussion of true mandate relief, including the state takeover of Medicaid growth, which I support. I do have some questions about how this budget impacts Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the NFTA, two vital services to Western New York.
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and members of the SenateMajority Conference today released a revenue forecast by the Senate FinanceCommittee that estimates additional General Fund revenues, above theExecutive’s projection, of $290 million in 2012-13, and $65 million morethan the Executive’s estimate for state fiscal year 2011-12.
The revenue projection, based on an economic forecast by the Senate’snationally recognized fiscal consultants, IHS Global Insight, shows thatthe total two-year General Fund revenue surplus is $355 million.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have announced an agreement on the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.
The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state’s roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of 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 1st.“The Senate has worked together with the Governor and Assembly to once again pass an early state budget that reduces overall spending, does not increase any taxes or fees, includes mandate relief measures to ease the burden on property taxpayers and makes important investments to create thousands of jobs across the state,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.