December 2, 2009: "Today's Legislative activity in Albany shows a misunderstanding by the Democrats who control State Government, of what New Yorkers really care about.
The budget plan adopted today, while a step in the right direction, does not get the job done. It is, in many ways, a deficit deferral plan rather than a deficit reduction plan. It only partially corrects a bloated State budget, that should never have been adopted in the first place.
The issue of gay marriage was important for some people. It has now been voted on. The fact that the Democrats have held three votes on gay marriage this year, but have refused to vote even once on property tax reform, or tax relief for small business, speaks volumes about their priorities, and shows they do not understand the issues which the vast majority of New Yorkers care most about.
We need lower taxes with better jobs, and a balanced budget. Those things, should have been and should be the priority if we are to save the State’s fiscal health."