November 13, 2008
Paterson’s budget draw mixed reactions
The reviews were mixed for Gov. David Paterson’s proposal to trim $2 billion from this year’s budget and another $3.2 billion in next year’s in an effort to close a projected $45 billion, four-year deficit.
If the proposal is approved, the $119.2 2008-09 spending plan would still be $3.1 billion over last year.
Paterson proposal would trim increased spending from nearly all aspects of state government including a mid-year reduction in state aid to education, a cut in Medicaid reimbursement rates and cost cutting in a host of other state agencies and programs.
Here is a sampling:
“The governor’s proposal will increase the number of returnable bottles that grocers, distributors and other New York businesses will have to handle — taking them out of already existing recycling programs — and remove the money from the system that businesses use to pay for the state mandate. Businesses will have to pass those (now vastly increased) costs along to consumers resulting in even higher prices. And, at a time that thousands of New Yorkers’ jobs are at risk, the governor’s proposal will put even more New York jobs in jeopardy.”
Jonathan M. Pierce on behalf of the New Yorkers for Real Recycling Reform
“NYPIRG urges state lawmakers to reject the governor’s plan to raise the cost of attending public colleges and universities. We are well aware of the state’s fiscal difficulties. Yet, policymakers cannot ignore the impact the worsening economy has had on New York families.”
Fran Clark, New York Public Interest Research Group
“NYPIRG urges state lawmakers to support the governor's plan to update New York's bottle deposit law. Given the state’s looming budget shortfall, the state needs to collect from the beverage industry the unclaimed nickel deposits from unreturned bottles and cans. Beverage companies are keeping more than $144 million a year in unclaimed deposits under New York's current bottle law; this figure would increase to $218 million if the law is updated to include bottled water, iced tea and other noncarbonated beverages.”
Laura Haight, New York Public Interest Research Group
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