Statement From Senator Bonacic On Governor’s Proposed Budget

John J. Bonacic

February 03, 2009

“No one likes what the Governor is proposing and I’m sure that includes the Governor himself.  However, we have a massive deficit, the highest Medicaid burden in the nation, and plummeting revenues.  Now is the time for every elected official to show the courage and leadership to meet the current fiscal challenges and make the necessary difficult choices.

 “We are all elected—not simply to support or oppose party leaders, but to make tough choices that impact New Yorkers.  The Governor’s budget has a lot of pain, however, the pain must be spread in an equitable manner so that key government services remain, while making sure the costs are not placed on local governments causing an increase in property taxes.  This will be a priority for me.”