Monday, June 28, 2010

Budget Process Nearing Completion

Today we progressed toward the final resolution of what has been a long process full of difficult decisions.

Although the budget process may have taken longer than any of us would have liked, it would have been unthinkable to not fight for a final budget that did not address the needs, values, and priorities of our region.

Working together, we were able to do just that by reprioritizing and reconfiguring the Governor's proposed cuts and reductions in spending.

It is unfortunate the Governor has chosen to veto our proposal, as we found alternatives to some of the most devastating cuts.

Rather than accept the entirety of the proposed education cuts, we were able to restore $600 million in funding to our state's public schools. These funds would keep teachers in classrooms and require all but the highest needs districts to reduce their property tax levies.

By reprioritizing, we made it possible to restore $700 million to healthcare and prevent nearly $47 million in Medicaid cuts while at the same time rejecting new taxes on hospitals and nursing homes.

Despite the Governor’s veto of critical education and healthcare priorities, we were successful in blocking his taxes on hospitals, nursing homes, and sugared beverages, We took the long road to the better decisions for Upstate children, families, agriculture.

I remain hopeful we can find common ground with the Governor.”

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