"The budget enacted tonight is by no means a perfect plan, but a realistic and necessary one. It involves tough choices that begin a long overdue - and sometimes painful - process of reducing spending, rightsizing state government and reforming Albany's culture of tax-and-spend. The budget contains important victories including defeat of a 'Success Tax' extension, closure of the state's $10 billion budget deficit, enactment of Power for Jobs, decreased spending, along with no new borrowing or tax increases. All of these are priorities our Conference has long fought for and we are glad the Governor listened. The fact we were able to pass an on-time budget during these challenging economic times offers a glimmer of hope that change is possible. Moving forward, we must apply this same approach to addressing the unfinished business not included in the budget: delivering unfunded mandate relief for local governments and school districts, enacting a property tax cap for homeowners, getting nearly 800,000 unemployed New Yorkers back to work and enacting ethics and pension reform."