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Leaders defend budget plan

Critics: Deal 'shortsighted,' 'without logic'

Gov. David Paterson discusses the state budget during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany on Monday as Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, left, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, listen.
Gov. David Paterson discusses the state budget during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany on Monday as Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, left, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, listen.
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Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders on Monday defended their $131.8 billion budget agreement and its 8.7 percent spending increase as a model of fiscal prudence. “We made the tough choices,” Paterson said at Monday’s press conference following the most secretive budget process ever. He said the long-awaited fiscal reform of Albany has begun in the budget deal to be voted on this week. “State spending was actually flat,” Paterson said. He noted that more ...

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resident
March 31, 2009
8:58 a.m.

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And not one penny was reduced from the pork barrell member items, not one penny. They sure send a message that they will protect thier political lives, its an insult, the budget is rising using stimulis funds, the three "Men in a dream land" without input from assembly or senate members determined all the choices, Why do we even need a politicl member if they have only one role of being rubber stamping this budget, The NY Post has it rignt " The budget is a monstrously bloated, tax and spend plant that, in one fell swoop reverses a three decade long effort to streghten business and prevnt taxpayers from fleeing the state" This one and done Governeur and his "Associates" will face the tax payers in the next election and I hope there memory doesn't fade when they puchase beer, or cigars, on increased car registration fees, a new surchaerge on gas/electric bills, or rent a car, or HMO Taxes on health plans, or fishing licenses, or bottled water deposits, or license plate fees, or wine, Is this the best that a government can accomplish???? Its seriousily time for a tax payer revolt, This is more than increased taxes, it is a method of madness that must stop, Return the power to the people, Don't let Patterson, and Silver and
Smith control the finances of New York... Don't become lambs being lead to the slaughter, Incite yourself with the knowledge that only you as a citizen of NY can make changes, The politicians will only support themselves, Remember not one dime of a reduction in Member Items, Hard to believe that they could not lead by example......

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