Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

February 03, 2010

After 40 years of bad budget decisions by Senate Republicans, today's economic news is no surprise. Our economy is in shambles, regular people cannot find good paying jobs, and with diminished revenues critical services are now at risk.
Senate Democrats campaigned on change, and we believe there is a better way.  We will get spending under control, invest in targeted property tax relief, and protect the safety net more New Yorkers are relying on in these difficult times.
None of these tasks will be easy and there will be painful news for many in this budget - but hard times demand hard choices. Senate Democrats are prepared to do what's right for New York's taxpayers, but first, we share the concerns of Speaker Silver that the Governor needs to provide reasonable and responsible revenue estimates upon which we will base our collective decisions.