Leader Kolb: Governor Paterson’s Proposed Furloughs Do Little To Shrink The Size And Cost Of State Government Over The Long Term

Statement from New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
May 10, 2010

“Governor Paterson’s inclusion of furloughs in today’s latest emergency budget extender does little to shrink the size and cost of state government on a long-term basis. Furloughing workers will not fix the significant structural imbalances that have produced a $9.05 billion budget shortfall and a late State Budget that is now 40 days past due. New York needs real solutions to its financial crisis, solutions like consolidating and merging State Agencies, preventing Medicaid fraud, collecting taxes on the sales of cigarettes made on Native American lands to non-Native American Indians, and capping state government spending. These are the specific solutions to reduce the size and cost of state government that I have previously proposed and will continue urging the Governor and my fellow Legislative Leaders to act upon.”