When I voted no on the 2009-10 State Budget which increased spending by $12 billion and raised taxes and fees by $8.5 billion, I said it was not merely an irresponsible budget but sheer lunacy. I warned the Democrat leadership that their out of control spending could not be sustained in this weak economy.
As the State continues to experience cash flow problems due to the inflated budget adopted in 2009, the Governor set a different tone this year with his Executive Budget proposal urging the Legislature to follow a path of fiscal conservatism. While we cannot turn back the clock to erase the damage done by those who voted for the 2009 State Budget, we can hope that our State’s leaders have learned from their past mistakes.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get much worse, we plainly and clearly see the destructive path the State’s leadership is taking us to resolve our budget gap. Not only is the current state budget more than two months late, the current leadership has ignored the Budget Reform law adopted in 2007. I and my Republican colleagues have been shut out of the budget negotiation process, our list of suggested cuts have been virtually igno
Under one-party Democrat control the last two years, the State witnessed bloated spending, higher taxes and faced a $10 billion deficit. I and my Senate Republican colleagues vowed that we would rein in state spending and address the deficit without raising taxes.
Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senate Finance Committee Chairman John A. DeFrancisco today released a mid-year economic and revenue forecast for New York State. A copy of the report can be found at the Senate website, www.nysenate.gov.
“This year, the Legislature and Governor worked together to close a deficit that was more than three times the size of next year’s projected deficit, and we did so without raising taxes,” Senator Skelos said. “Senate Republicans are prepared to manage next year’s budget in the same fiscally responsible manner while we focus on promoting economic growth and creating new jobs.”