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April 9, 2010 - 12:53pm

No state budget yet, and Paterson says he'll withhold union raises

posted by Howard B. Owens in budget, new york.

Gov. David Paterson plans to withhold funding for union raises in his next emergency budget act, which effectively suspends a 4-percent raise for the state's union workers.

The raise was part of a contract negotiated in 2007, but with a $9 billion budget deficit, Paterson says the state can't afford the extra expense.

“I am just shocked and amazed that every time you ask the special interests or the unions for some kind of sacrifice that the answer is either ‘no’ or ‘I’m going to sue you,’” Paterson said Thursday after a private meeting with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. “The state has run out of money twice, for the first time in its history, in the last four months. We’re doing everything to keep the ship afloat. And some people are just very reticent or unable to recognize the gravity of the crisis.”

Meanwhile, Albany has yet to approve a new budget. Assemblyman Steve Hawley issued the following statement on the situation:

After another week of inaction, and seven days past the due date, the 2010-2011 State Budget has not passed. Instead, the Majority continues to meet behind closed doors, which will likely lead to new taxes, increased government spending, and worst of all, more state borrowing, while sending the rank-and-file members of the Assembly trivial legislation to vote on. With New York State nearly bankrupt, this kind of inaction is unacceptable. We should have been in session last week, and not passing the budget this week only wasted more taxpayer money at a cost of more than $100,000. I am willing to stay in Albany until the budget crisis is solved. Unfortunately, it appears that my colleagues in the Majority are not, and despite the ensuing fiscal crisis, would rather put the budget off until next week, if not next month. Clearly, this year’s budget process shows how broken New York state government really is.

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Emailed 04092010: Ron Canestrari, Assembly Majority Leader [email protected] Malcolm A. Smith, Senate Majority Leader [email protected] 1) Use last year's budget as a model. 2) Reduce all lines by 2% 3) Apply 1% of the reduction to debt relief 4) Pass a Constitutional cap to curtail deficit spending 5) Pass the governor's proposed property tax cap 6) Let the unions decide if they want a wage increase or lay-offs 7) Negotiate the budget in open committee 8) Apply an automatic contingency budget plan a) previous year's budget with wage freeze b) previous year's budget less non-emergency equipment purchases c) previous year's budget with 90% supply line cap d) kicks in on April 16th in absence of new budget 9) Mandate all public employees contribute at least 20% to personal health care plans 10) Mandate all public employees contribute at least 4% to public pension plan 11) Impose a five-year moratorium on public pension-contribution matching 12) Encourage merger; begin a phased weaning of agencies/municipalities/school districts that serve less than 3000 persons. Underfund such agencies/municipalities/school districts, annually, by .3%

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