ONEONTA, 03/22/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the senate budget resolution which he voted against:
“On the plus side, today’s senate budget resolution finally starts the process of adopting a state budget for 2010-2011. Unfortunately, that is about the only positive trait I can find in the flawed proposal.
“The spending plan passed by the senate was constructed in complete secrecy just like last year’s budget, and we all know where that plan has led us – to the land of record spending and out of control taxes and the brink of financial ruin.
“The proposal adds $1.5 billion in new spending that was not in the governor’s original budget. There is no cap on state spending or local school taxes, job creation is overlooked and property tax relief is an afterthought.
“The $135 billion budget resolution includes a host of fiscal gimmicks, one-shots and economic ploys that are unsustainable and unacceptable. While this is a weak starting point, my hope is that we can move forward in an open and bi-partisan manner to produce a final budget that provides genuine property tax relief, commonsense spending cuts and an improved landscape for business growth.”