Assemblyman Kolb Comments on Governor’s Proposed Reforms for State Budget Process

January 18, 2007

Today Governor Spitzer and leaders of the state Legislature announced agreed upon reforms to the state budget process. In response to the announcement, Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C,I –Canandaigua) issued the following statement:

“I am in favor of establishing more accountability in the budget process and would like to point out many of these reforms we’re talking about are what the Assembly minority conference has been advocating for sometime,” Kolb said. “It is satisfying to see Governor Spitzer taking up these reforms and I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues to create more transparency in the way business is done in the state Capitol.”

Kolb is particularly pleased at the proposed agreement on using joint conference committees to resolve budget bill agreements between both houses of the legislature, and the proposal to itemize lump sum appropriations, such as member items.