ALBANY, 03/27/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on final senate approval of the 2013-14 state budget:
“The final state budget meets my central budget priorities – control spending, cut taxes and create jobs. The fiscally responsible plan keeps state spending below the same two-percent cap placed on school districts and local governments while providing significant tax breaks for middle class families, small businesses and manufacturers.
“I’m particularly pleased with the school aid portion of the budget. The vast majority of new money, almost $1 billion, will go to low and average wealth schools that need help the most.
“The budget assists our local governments. Upstate highway departments are receiving their first increase in CHIPs funding in five years. That means safer roads and bridges and improved infrastructure. Mandate relief measures are also included that will help local elected leaders keep property taxes in check.
“Overall, the budget is a pro-family, pro-jobs plan, and it comes in on-time for a third consecutive year, a major accomplishment that showcases the escalating efficiency of New York State government.”