Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I-Newport) says any extra revenue realized by the state should immediately be used to relieve struggling rural upstate schools that were hit the hardest by school aid cuts and the property owners who have been saddled with the burden of rising school costs. Butler emphasized that any extra revenue – $164 million according to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli – must not be used for political pork spending.
“If these funds are, in fact, available, as DiNapoli suggests, we must make sure that the revenue is used to restore the school aid that was taken away from upstate rural, low-wealth schools,” said Butler. “Too often, this kind of discretionary money is distributed based not upon need, but on political considerations. I’ll vote against any effort to reinstate expenses that smell of pork-barrel spending.”
Butler explained that these additional funds have been forecasted but not guaranteed. He said the legislature must be cautious about adding new spending to the state budget, noting that while there has been some improvement in the overall health of New York’s economy, there still is much more work to be done.