Assemblyman James N. Tedisco (R,I,C-Schenectady/Saratoga) today called on state leaders to end weeks of silence and convene budget negotiations. Tedisco said he was disturbed by Albany’s lack of focus and the failure of the governor, Senate and Assembly to announce that preliminary negotiations were underway.
“The governor has done his constitutional duty and delivered a budget to the legislature,” said Tedisco. “Normally, that would require a response from the Senate and the Assembly to begin negotiating. This year, as we face one of the worst budgetary climates in our history, the silence around the Capitol is deafening. I am calling upon the leaders and the governor to get to work.”
“Sadly, just like in years past, the ‘three men in a room’ simply are not up to the task of opening up the budget process” Tedisco said. “How can we expect them to give us a transparent, responsible and on-time budget when they can’t even get the process started in earnest? The last thing New Yorkers need is a replay of 2009 when the Governor and leaders emerged 24 hours before the April 1st deadline and, without notice or any real public discussion, handed taxpayers a budget that increased spending by $11 billion and taxes by $8 billion.”
“In an effort to avoid that old familiar feeling, I am, and rank and file members should, demand that the leaders immediately appoint conferees and call budget conference committees. Rank and file members should be allowed to fulfill the most important duty their constituents have sent them to Albany to complete. History has shown the budget process of “three men in a room” to be a colossal failure. It is time to get away from the failed policies of business as usual and let members work together to develop and pass a fiscally sound balanced budget by the April 1st deadline.”