During crunch time, we put our hopes in the leader to pull out a win – the best athlete on the team, the quickest mind in the office, the most determined member of the family. Well it’s crunch time for the New York state budget, but unfortunately, we’re not seeing any hero emerging to resolve […]
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Category: The Week Ahead in Albany
Upstate NY already suffers from high energy costs. A new bill that has passed in the Senate and now faces the Assembly could raise them even more, and further devastate the Upstate NY population.
Assemblyman Canestrari stated that he thought a budget wouldn’t get done until June at the earliest, saying he thought the Assembly, Senate and the Governor are too far apart – not only on spending cuts but also on increased taxes/fees and borrowing. That means we’ll see another series of budget extenders next week so that our government can continue to function. But will it?
A late state budget is better than a bad one, but Unshackle Upstate worries we might get both. Let’s work the lateness to our favor: You still have a chance to voice your concerns about the budget and make sure our elected officials hear them.
A new week dawns in Albany, but don’t expect the state Legislature – just back from a 10-day break – to agree to a 2010-11 budget anytime during these next seven days. The budget was due April 1.
What New York needs now, more than anything else, is a leader. Someone who is willing to tell their “leadership” that more spending, more taxes, and more debt is wrong and they won’t support it. Someone who understands we have suffered a crushing tax burden for decades and that it needs to be lowered.
The Governor introduced a program bill that would both cap state spending and put in a property tax cap. That sounds like a great idea, but there are two flaws. The first: the Governor has proposed a cap on current spending, which we would argue is already far too high. That’s why we proposed that state spending be reduced to $109B by 2015. The second issue is that his property tax cap is based at 4% or 120% of the consumer price index (CPI). While 4% is predictable, it is, like the state spending cap, simply too high. We cannot continue to keep spending and taxes high.
You remember the jingle… “I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill. And I’m sitting here on Capital Hill…” It explained that a bill is drafted and then referred to a committee. Committee members debate, receive public input, consider amendments and if the bill receives enough votes to pass the committee, it goes to the full chamber for all members to consider. The cartoon pointed out that democracy is founded upon elected representatives openly introducing, debating, and amending legislation, and seriously considering input from the public and experts.
New York state residents must speak up fearlessly if they are to bring effective change to state government.
This is an important week for Unshackle Upstate and for you. We’ll be announcing two big projects later this week. These projects will allow us to get you more information and turn up the heat on elected officials that aren’t taking us seriously. We look forward to being able to share those plans with you on Friday.