Lopez Comments On This Week’s Special Session

A statement from Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R, C, I – Schoharie)
November 21, 2008
After a rocky start during this week’s special session, the Governor set the difficult process of responding to our state’s fiscal crisis in motion. It was a day of finger pointing and showmanship that required the pressure of working in the public view to force Albany leaders to acknowledge shared responsibility for solving our budget problems.

Special session was a day of stops and starts, a day that brought the full Legislature back to Albany, at public expense, only to find there was no formal legislative proposal to take up in session or advance through the joint conference committee process.

We cannot afford to continue business as usual. Things must change. As we continue to move forward in solving this budget crisis, we must also make rebuilding the economy a priority and encourage the Governor to take every precaution against raising taxes, and shifting expenses to the private sector, schools and local governments.

All of us must work together at every level to promote a sustainable economy and ensure that we control spending to protect our hardworking families and taxpayers, offer economic opportunity and address priority needs.