Here’s some of the comments coming in about the 2009-10 budget.
Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County: “Governor Paterson and I agree on one thing – this budget doesn’t make sense. The governor’s moment of candor during his news conference today was honest and appropriate because this budget doesn’t make sense for the people of this state, no matter how the Governor tries to spin down the impact of massive tax hikes and runaway spending.”
Andrew Scherer, executive director of Legal Services NYC: “Because state leaders had the courage to ask wealthy New Yorkers to do their part and pitch in during this critical time, they were able to restore funding to civil legal services for thousands of New Yorkers facing foreclosure and eviction, seniors struggling to get their SSI benefits, and New Yorkers fighting to get unemployment, disability, welfare, and other benefits.”
Josh Cohen, NY Library Association president and Director of the Mid- Hudson Library System in Poughkeepsie over cuts to libraries: “Library usage is up by double digit numbers and yet state aid continues to be cut. There appears to be a disconnect somewhere in the state budget process.”
Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate: “We are in the midst of an economic crisis of major proportions. Rather than take progressive steps toward making New York more business-friendly to spur private sector investment and job creation, this budget does the opposite.”
Daniel Sisto, president of the Healthcare Association of New York: “This health care budget plan contains cuts far greater than what our members can absorb without reducing services and laying off staff. We are therefore compelled to issue to the State Legislature a memorandum of opposition to the plan.”