“State legislative leaders and the Governor have had plenty of time to talk. The current fiscal problems facing our state come as no surprise and, in fact, have been mounting since the adoption of the fiscally irresponsible 2009-10 budget back in April. While my Conference and I voted ‘no’ on this atrocious budget that has now resulted in a $3.7 billion gap, we maintain our status as the ‘conference of ideas’ by advancing a plan to close this gap without pillaging vital services such as education and health care.
The legislation being adopted during this week’s ‘extraordinary’ session is nothing that couldn’t have been done in one day. Sadly, dragging out session for a week is just a costly ploy by legislative leaders who want to do something to appear productive while remaining obstinate in their unwillingness to make tough decisions that will prevent our state from running out of money by the end of the year. Talk is cheap in Albany, but legislators sitting around doing nothing is expensive and we have had enough of it. Now is the time to do what lawmakers have assembled in Albany to do – enact real solutions to fix our state’s fiscal woes, putting it back on a path to fiscal recovery and economic stability.”