January 23, 2008

Spitzer's Three Card Monte

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.


Frank DeGeorge said...

I was ready to give the governor the benefit of the doubt, given the size of the state deficit. But the lack of policy reform that get at the state's structural deficits shows this is more of the same tax-spend-borrow nonsense that has killed upstate.

Clearly, nothing changed on Day One.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure why I am so upset about this budget. Maybe it's because I expected so much more from this Governor. He promised to reform, yet Medicaid will continue to be the elephant in the room. He promised tax relief, yet all I see are increased fees and debt. It makes me wonder if he ever bothered to look at the budget before he made his campaign promises.

dark knight said...

I heard that even though he said he will not collect sales tax on Native American goods, they put $400 million in the budget for just such collections.

What a pile of crap.

Carli Banks said...

i agree that the Gov's budget should have cut staff levels in the state. we spend way too much for state employees. the legislature should take the lead and cut their staffing first.