Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

January 19, 2010

The Senate Majority concurs with Governor Paterson's assessment on the state of our economy and budget. Though the Governor acknowledges our fiscal difficulties, some components of his proposal clearly need modification.
We are reviewing the Governor's proposed tax increases and program cuts. Senate Democrats believe structural reforms to state operations can reduce the size and scope of government more than basic across-the-board cuts. We remain committed to getting spending under control, creating jobs, and providing tax relief to overstretched homeowners, retirees, and entrepreneurs.
We will work with the Governor, the Assembly, and our partners in the Senate to produce a bipartisan budget that puts taxpayers and constituents first, and moves New York in the right direction.