Executive Budget Reaction Statement by Senator Betty Little

Betty Little

January 18, 2012

            “The governor’s executive budget reflects New York’s economic recovery,” said Senator Betty Little.  “The financial picture is improving slowly, there’s reason to be optimistic but a need to budget cautiously.

            “Last year we had to contend with a $10 billion deficit.   This year, it is $2 billion and can be closed with reasonable cost-savings measures that focus on improved efficiency.  Education funding, mandate relief, streamlining government and encouraging private-sector growth are some of the key priorities.  We have a great starting point with Governor Cuomo’s plan and I look forward to the hearings, conferences and meetings with constituents as we work toward a timely adoption of a state budget that continues our progress.”