Assemblyman Morelle Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal

January 17, 2012

Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit) released the following statement today regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2012-2013 state budget:

“With its mix of innovative economic policies, government reform and fiscal accountability, the 2012-2013 budget extends and expands Governor Cuomo’s vision of a more prosperous New York.

“We will again close a projected deficit, hold the line on overall spending, and increase our commitment to education and health care while guarding the interests of taxpayers. At the same time, we will leverage private sector investment through minimal public sector expense, an approach I have championed for many years. I am also greatly encouraged by the governor’s continued focus on streamlining state agencies, departments and service providers.

“As chairman of the Assembly’s insurance committee, I also support the call to move forward with the creation of insurance exchanges as required by federal health care reform. And as a sponsor of mandate relief legislation, I applaud the governor's willingness to make truly substantial relief for local governments a priority this year as well.

“I look forward to reviewing all the details of the governor’s plan, and to working with him to achieve yet another milestone year for all New Yorkers.”