“The 2010-2011 New York State budget can be summed up in one word: failure,” said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head). “A failure of leadership. A failure to meet self-defined deadlines. A failure of fiscal restraint that will cause future generations to pay -figuratively and literally - for the recklessness of the Majority-controlled Assembly.
“This corrupt leadership shut out dissenting voices from the budget process, inflated the finished product with special-interests spending, and negotiated in secret. The result is an estimated $137 billion state spending package that leaves in place a massive budget gap. From higher sales taxes to a pension-borrowing scheme that in effect has New York State borrowing from itself and leaving local Long Island taxpayers with the bill, this state budget spends too much and raises taxes on the middle class. The so-called ‘cuts’ that were made will do nothing to shrink the overall size of government, now expanding faster than the private sector in the Empire State. No property tax relief is provided, leaving Nassau County homeowners to continue to pay the second-highest rate in the country.
“This partisan state budget fails on every issue that counts for Long Island’s families and small-business owners. I vote no.”