ALBANY, 03/15/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on passage of a senate budget resolution for fiscal year 2011-2012:
“Today’s passage of a senate spending plan is an important step toward final enactment of a responsible, on-time state budget that meets the needs of all New Yorkers. It closes a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, cuts state spending and provides economic development tools that will mean more jobs, especially upstate.
“The plan is largely in sync with the governor’s proposal, most importantly, accepting almost all of the Medicaid Redesign Team’s (MRT) recommendations to reduce out of control spending that costs the state over $1 billion a week.
“The senate budget also restores some funding for needy, rural school districts and eliminates $296 million in costs shifts to local governments - both vital blows in the fight against rising local property taxes.
“For the first time in two years I was able to vote ‘yes’ on a state budget bill because this proposal, unlike the unsustainable spending plans of the recent past, takes the steps needed to get the state’s fiscal house in order, end runaway tax hikes, put New Yorkers back to work and move our state forward.
“The next step in the process is open, public conference committees with the state assembly, negotiating with the governor, to come to a final budget agreement by the April 1 deadline.”