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Who Will Fight for NY's Future

04/29/2009

Having been away for the holidays for a couple of weeks, it is good to be back. 

The editorial in the CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS issue of April 6, 2009 entitled "Who Will Fight For New York's Future" lays out the pathetic self-interest of our State legislature once again. 

We only need to read one sentence in the editorial:

"The disaster that is the State budget can be summarized easily.  The State increased spending by $10,000,000,000, at a time when revenues are falling, by using $7,000,000,000 in Federal stimulus money and imposing more than $7,000,000,000 in tax increases."

 The rest of the editorial breaks down the folly of our State lawmakers.  It is remarkable to see any legislature raise taxes by $7,000,000,000 in this economic environment.  But it is even more remarkable to see spending go up by $10,000,000,000 when everyone else in the entire country is losing money and cutting back. 

 In the past, I have always recommended that you contact your local legislator to register your opinion.  But even I am staggered by the shortsighted nature of our State assembly and State Senate. 

 So what are we to do?

 

  • Pick the future governor that you think will do the job   Whether it be Andrew Cuomo, Rudy Guiliani or anyone else.  Work with their campaign.  Help bring some "new blood" to Albany.
  • Write letters to your State Assemblyman and State Senator complaining about this budget.  Attach a copy of the CRAIN'S article to your letter. 

 

You can never give up on improving our economic environment.  The more of you that stand up and are counted, the more accountable our politicians will be.    Edward E. Klein

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