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New York has a $9.2 billion budget deficit. Where is the best place to start in closing the gap?

Increase taxes 6% 37 votes
Cut state services 13% 70 votes
Reduce state workforce 45% 244 votes
Cut aid to schools 3% 18 votes
Reduce Medicaid spending 17% 93 votes
Other 13% 72 votes
Total Votes: 534

Note: This is not a scientific poll.


May 19, 2010
12:03 p.m.

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nygirl61 ( Mary Stagliano ) says...

I notice the majority of votes (at the time I am writing this) were for reducing state workforce. I've never quite understood the concept of staff reduction. Who's going to do the work when the staff gets cut every year and you end up with a skeleton crew?... the managers?... hah!... certainly not! Right now you can call a state office and be pretty much assured that you'll get to talk to a live person in a short period of time... reducing the workforce will lead to longer waits on the line, and perhaps never connecting to a live person! Who wants that? To me it makes more sense to keep people working (don't forget who will be paying their unemployment insurance!), and maybe not filling the jobs when people leave or retire. I'm sure there are other ways to save money than put people out of work!

May 19, 2010
1:22 p.m.

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jjhehir ( Joseph J. Hehir ) says...

I think Medicaid spending should be audited annually to see where the money is going to and to see if it is effective, but the NY State legislature does not allow it. Don't forget to vote in November.

May 19, 2010
10:42 p.m.

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MDogsMom ( Donna Camp ) says...

If state employees weren't so hardnosed about taking a pay or benefit reduction, then there would be less talk about cutting positions. And if I have to wait on hold to talk to a person instead of getting my call immediately answered to save me a few dollars in taxes, then I'll deal with waiting. When revenue is down PRIVATE companies have to reduce staffing. Tax revenue is down, so, the state should reduce IT'S staff. If taxes keep going up the only people who will be able to live in NY and pay the taxes will be government employees!

May 20, 2010
2:34 p.m.

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irene58 ( Elizabeth Simek ) says...

Maybe in the winter, the state will stop scraping the shoulders of the highways when there's less than an inch of snow. Maybe we'll start seeing highway crews of 4 instead of 6 or more, and perhaps no one will be standing around watching.

I agree, I'd rather have to wait on hold for a while. We do everywhere else we call.

May 20, 2010
3:55 p.m.

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winansm ( Matthew Winans ) says...

nygirl: Reducing the number of employees (downsizing) worked with IBM and GE...two VERY strong companies. They're doing more with less, and it's turning profits for them.

May 21, 2010
11:32 a.m.

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dlittlecook ( David Littlecook ) says...

I work for a huge well known world wide tech company. Last year our pay was cut by 5%, managers 10%. This resulted in saving 20,000 jobs which otherwise would have been cut to satisfy investors. A sacrifice I was willing to abosrb.

State worker unions refuse to compromise. The only way to get their attention is to start laying their members off.

May 24, 2010
1:57 p.m.

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rothman ( Charles Rothman ) says...

Act like adults and raise taxes. A freeze on salary increases would be good, too, but ultimately you won't be able to keep up the services you want unless you're willing to pay for them.


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