For Immediate Release: January 21, 2014
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Senator Kathy Marchione reacts to Governor Cuomo’s
2014-15 Executive Budget, asks “How will we pay for it?”
Statement from Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon)
regarding Governor Cuomo’s 2014-15 Executive Budget:
“I listened closely to the spending plan Governor Cuomo outlined today and will carefully review the details in the coming days with my Senate colleagues. One big – and very important – question I have is this: How will we pay for it all? It seemed like a lot of spending with little mentioned on addressing long-term cost drivers such as unfunded State mandates or keeping Albany’s long-broken promises to school districts.
I have concerns about all the proposed spending and billions in proposed new borrowing that taxpayers will ultimately pay for. I strongly oppose spending millions on welfare for politicians in the form of taxpayer-financed political campaigns.
I like the idea of freezing property taxes, but the proposal seems to put even more burdens, more strings, on local governments. I would rather we take concrete steps to cut property taxes for all homeowners. Tax relief for everyone is what New York needs.
I agree that the Common Core State Standards were enacted through a terribly flawed process and that we need to end the anxiety students, parents and teachers face. However, I don’t think the Governor’s proposal to halt certain testing goes nearly far enough. Frankly, it doesn’t address the many serious problems with Common Core.
Universal Pre-K statewide is a nice idea, but how do we pay for it? Our state hasn’t kept its promise to school districts in addressing the Gap Elimination Adjustment – and some schools in my district can’t even afford to offer full-day kindergarten.
I am concerned about the lack of details regarding unfunded mandate relief, which are the true cost drivers for local governments and a big reason why property taxes remain so high despite a property tax cap. As the State Budget process unfolds, I remain hopeful that we can address these unresolved issues and adopt a budget that is fiscally responsible and on-time.”