The Buffalo News has shed some light on Governor Spitzer's plan to fund upstate development, increase aid to schools and provide tax relief for the middle class. The Governor's proposed budget includes the following:
1. Back away from the promise to provide $500 million in additional property tax rebates;
2. Increase debt by over $3 billion;
3. Triple the fee imposed on auto insurance premiums;
4. Increase fees paid by small businesses;
5. Require counties to pay more for public assistance; and
6. Cut State aid to community colleges.
The most troublesome part of this proposed budget, though, is that although the taxpayers and local governments are being asked to contribute more, there is no plan to decrease the size of State government and there is no plan to implement any real Medicaid reform.
Increased debt...increased fees...no reform.