Tedisco: Taxpayers Deserve A Budget, Not A “Fudge-It”

Assemblyman responds to governor’s 2010 executive budget
January 19, 2010
Assemblyman James N. Tedisco (R,I,C-Schenectady/Saratoga) today responded to the unveiling of the Governor’s 2010 executive budget. Tedisco, who attended the budget address at The Egg, praised the governor for adopting several cost-cutting measures but said he had not gone nearly far enough in addressing the state’s habitual taxing, spending and borrowing problem.

“I was pleased to hear responsible solutions such as mandate relief, reform of the Wick’s Law, consolidation of state agencies and a freeze on the state’s purchasing of land,” Tedisco said. “But we need the governor to go much farther.”

“Bad habits are hard to break,” said Tedisco. “Whether it was last year’s budget with $11 billion in new spending and $8 billion in new taxes, the deficit reduction plan last fall with one-shot budget gimmickry, or this year’s budget that will increase taxes by $1 billion – the governor has shown that he has become addicted to taxing and spending.”

“The first step to recovery is admitting that there is a problem,” Tedisco said. “Our budget deficit and state’s economy have clearly shown that New York has a taxing and spending problem. The cure to this problem lies in my ‘2010 Tax-Free Budget Pledge,’ which I once again call on the governor and members of the legislature to sign. Once the pledge is signed, we can get Albany under control, provide true relief to taxpayers of this state and move our state’s economy forward.”