Butler Says Budget’s Improved Process Keeps Albany Focused On Needs Of New Yorkers

Statement from Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I-Newport) on the 2012-13 enacted state budget
March 30, 2012

“This year’s budget process was far better than the many previous years of dysfunction, as it allowed us to fully review and vet the document, which hasn’t happened in nearly 30 years.

“The budget focused on middle-class priorities, including the economy and job creation, while maintaining low spending with a self-imposed two percent spending cap, and without increasing the burden of working families by imposing no new taxes.

“Some of the highlights of this budget include preserving hundreds of manufacturing jobs at Remington Arms by defeating micro-stamping, a regulatory provision, which would have forced the company to consider its future plans here locally; we increased school aid by $221 million over the governor’s proposal; boosted economic investment with $4.6 billion in infrastructure and transportation improvements; invested over $800 million in economic development programs; and $21 million in agricultural development.

“While this year’s budget was a great improvement, some of the items that matter most to New Yorkers, like income tax reductions and mandate relief, were left for another day. I will continue to fight for tax reductions for all New Yorkers.”