Lawmakers Weigh in on Budget Proposal

Liz Krueger

January 19, 2012

By Colby Hamilton

WNYC's The Empire 

"I think the challenge for us all will be to parse the actual details and what they mean for different parts of the state, different issues,” said Democratic Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan right after the budget speech, which she called “very strong.”

Krueger said the push for teacher evaluations and pension reform was something she expected to “hear it from both executives”—Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg. She went on to note that the issue of Medicaid costs were shared by both New York City and upstate localities. “I think it’s a consistent message from all levels of government,” Kruger said, noting that she supports the state’s takeover of Medicaid payments.