State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer explains Senate Bill No. 1892, which would enact a State spending cap at two percent or 120 percent of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. If a spending cap had been implemented for the previous ten years, New York would spend $30 billion less next year. Enacting a spending cap now would force the State to cut spending by $9 billion next year. The legislation, introduced and sponsored by Senator Ranzenhofer, passed the State Senate on January 19.
Albany, NY - The New York State Senate has passed a constitutional amendment to enact a cap on state spending at two percent or 120 percent of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. Under the legislation, the state spending cap for 2011-12 would be 1.92 percent.
“The spending cap is needed more than ever because of the $11 billion deficit caused by years of overtaxing and overspending,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. “The unchecked growth in spending has resulted in New York having the highest tax burden in the nation. Thirty states currently have some kind of a spending cap. New York must enact a cap now to force fiscal responsibility and enable us to reduce taxes.”
The Western New York Legislative Delegation has made the University at Buffalo’s 2020 strategic plan for excellence and growth a top priority for 2011, reaffirming its belief that UB’s future and Western New York’s future are closely linked.
Today the delegation spoke with one voice in demonstrating its unified feelings about UB 2020. The bipartisan group of senators and assemblymembers announced they are sending a joint letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking that the chief elements of the UB 2020 plan be incorporated into the executive budget proposal for the 2011-2012 state fiscal year, which is expected to be released on February 1, 2011. A copy of the letter is attached.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will serve as Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions. Senator Ranzenhofer will also serve on the Banks, Judiciary, Agriculture, Education, Energy and Racing, Gaming and Wagering committees.
Senator Ranzenhofer is eager to begin working to reduce State spending and restore trust in State government as Chairman of the Corporations Committee.
Over 100 Clarence High School seniors in Government and Public Affairs classes heard from State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer in January. Senator Ranzenhofer talked about representing the 61st Senate District in the State Legislature and answered questions from students on issues such as funding for education, UB2020 legislation and ways to cut the State budget deficit.
Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address:
“Today, the Governor’s State of the State address echoed opinions of so many New Yorkers, including myself – especially for the State to close the budget deficit, impose a property-tax cap, and create private-sector jobs.
I have been an outspoken advocate and introduced legislation on many of these issues during my first term and I am pleased to hear the Governor make them his major legislative priorities. More importantly, New Yorkers have been demanding property tax relief and a smaller and leaner State government over the past few years as well.
On Saturday, August 7, Senator Ranzenhofer sponsored a Car Seat Safety Check at Wolcott Street School in LeRoy. Special thanks to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, the City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of LeRoy Police Department.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced a Free Car Seat Safety Check on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Wolcott Street School, 2-6 Trigon Park in LeRoy.
“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult. This event will give parents information on how to properly install car seats as well as ensure the car seat they have is safely secured,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.
The program is free and open to the public. No appointment or RSVP is necessary. Water and pop will be served. For more information, please contact Senator Ranzenhofer’s District Office at (716) 631-8695.
Last week, the State Senate passed the 12th Budget Extender. Senator Ranzenhofer voted against it becuase he believes that the State Legislature must pass a complete budget now - not piece-meal portions on a weekly basis.More fees, more spending and more new State employees and programs were included in the latest budget extender, along with $40 million in tax and fee increases.
Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has named Carrie Kahn the 2010 Woman of Distinction for the 61st Senatorial District, honoring her for her outstanding contributions to education in the community.
“It is an honor to name Carrie Kahn the 2010 Woman of Distinction. Her commitment to education has enriched the quality of life in our community and beyond. She truly is an excellent role model to many young women in Western New York,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.
Patrick W Welch, Ph.D., Sgt. USMC (ret) started his military service as an infantry squad leader with the 3rd Division in Vietnam in 1965. Welch was awarded the Purple Heart after being badly injured in combat. As a result of his injuries, Patrick spent the next two years in rehabilitation and had to learn how to walk again. Most recently, Daemen College named Patrick the Director of the Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services Office.
Amherst, NY – The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has recognized State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer with the Small Business Advocate Award today at the 2010 Small Business Awards Luncheon. The Award is given to an individual that has aided other small businesses and contributed to their prosperity through their contributions.
New York is only one of seven states that do not have a law to target school bullying. Senator Ranzenhofer announced his support for anti-bullying legislation that would:
Improve education for teachers, parents and students to prevent bullying and cyber-bullying
Define bullying and cyber-bullying and add these acts to the list of incidents for which disciplinary measures must be taken pursuant to the school districts code of conduct
Alexander, NY – Alexander Middle School students have unveiled a slogan and logo to stop bullying today – with the support of school administrators, Batavia Muckdogs President Brian Paris and State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer. The campaign slogan, ‘Build Up. Don’t Tear People Down,” will be included with others on banners from Batavia, Oakfield-Alabama, Elba and Caledonia-Mumford schools during the Batavia Muckdogs Anti-Bullying Night on June 28.
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced his support for anti-bullying legislation. New York is only one of seven states that do not have a law to target school bullying. Bully Police, a national watchdog group, has given New York State its lowest grade for not passing a law to protect school children from bullies.
Batavia, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer applauded Genesee County family farms today for their tremendous efforts to defeat the ‘Farm Labor Death Bill’, alongside NY Farm Bureau President Dean Norton and members of the agriculture community.