Raia Blasts Budget; Calls Pricey Plan Most Secretive Yet

July 1, 2010

“The fiscal train wreck that is New York state’s 2010-2011 budget is the latest assault on taxpayers by Governor Paterson and Majority leaders,” said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport). “This budget offers no reform, loses jobs rather than creates them, and raises taxes on New York’s struggling small businesses. I voted to invest in education and increase aid to Long Island schools, and Governor Paterson vetoed the legislation. Likewise, I opposed $1 billion in taxes this year and $1.5 billion in new taxes next year.

“This budget process was nothing short of secretive and manipulative, bloated with pork that the Majority insisted be included in the final spending plan. This creates additional burdens for Long Island taxpayers who are facing the longest recession since the Great Depression.

“My Assembly Minority colleagues were consistently shut out of budget negotiations by the Majority, and our legislation for a more responsible budget was not considered by their corrupt and arrogant leadership. Reducing government spending should have been Albany’s highest priority when passing this budget but, unfortunately, it was ignored. The tax-and-spend policies of Governor Paterson and his legislative allies are going to produce dire consequences for taxpayers. We must break this cycle of fiscal insanity in order to secure a better future for New York.”