Ways and Means Committee Member and Minority Leader Pro-Tem Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C,I –Canandaigua) cited the flawed process and excessive spending as the reasons he voted down the bulk of this year’s state spending plan.
Mr. Kolb cited education funding as the only part of the budget that merited a vote in the affirmative. “I voted in favor of the education spending plan to help keep local tax levies down and provide schools with the resources they need to educate tomorrow’s leaders,” said Kolb. “In terms of the balance of the budget, there were still too many reductions in resources for hospitals and nursing homes, not enough Medicaid reform and what I believe is an unsustainable long-term spending plan. Although there were tax cuts that I support, the net result was an increase of taxes of almost a half a billion dollars.”
“I am extremely disappointed with the breakdown of the process which resorted to secret meetings and the introduction of thousands of pages of budget bills – literally hot off the press – less than two hours before the budget deadline. The current process of finalizing this year’s budget is clearly unacceptable. Hopefully Gov. Spitzer will learn from the mistakes that were made in finalizing and negotiating the budget.”
“I will continue to press for real and sustained budget reform that the public deserves,” concluded Kolb.