Sampson: “Governor Can Talk a Good Game”

Earlier today, Governor David Paterson presented his second State of the State address. Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate, issued the following statement:

“New York is going broke, and people continue to leave the state in unprecedented numbers. Right now the governor is talking a good game, even calling out special interests. But this is just what we heard last year, and last year we had the biggest budget blunder in our history! While the governor is right to call out members of the legislature – many of whom have constantly ignored the wishes of their people – he must keep in mind that New Yorkers want their financial burden drastically lowered, period.

“This year, the governor must hold the line and push back against Albany’s typical tax and spend policies. The majority of members need to join with their colleagues who voted against last year’s budget and stand up for their full constituencies and support a budget that LOWERS spending and REDUCES taxes. Anything less is unacceptable.”