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Old 02-03-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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Move over, Chris Christie. New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is bidding to join the New Jersey Republican as the national spokesman for fiscal sanity, and he's doing so in a politically clever way that House Republicans could learn from.
The budget that Mr. Cuomo unveiled this week closes a gaping deficit with major budget reductions, calling for spending cuts in state hiring, education, health care, aid to universities and payments to cities. The plan would balance the Empire State's $135 billion budget without a dime of new taxes or borrowing. Remarkably, if his budget passed, the state would spend $3.5 billion less than it did last year.
And remember, we're talking about politically liberal New York, not New Hampshire. If you're surprised by this, you should see long-time Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who looks as though he stuck his finger in the electric socket.
These cuts are impressive on their own, but Mr. Cuomo's real conceptual breakthrough is to expose the rigged-game of "baseline budgeting." This is a gambit by which spending increases automatically each year even before a Governor submits his budget. The "baseline" grows each year due to spending formulas that legislatures build into the law even before they take a single vote.



Review & Outlook: Cuomo's Lesson for House Republicans - WSJ.com
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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He's Dem and he gets it
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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He's Dem and he gets it
Probably why the usual suspects who bow down at every word Christie utters aren't posting here.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:15 PM
 
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1. Good for Cuomo. Any politician that cuts the budget these days deserves praise.
2. This breakthrough is really not a breakthrough. It's a political game that goes both ways. It allows politicians to say they've cut spending when they really haven't. On the other side, if opponents don't like the "cut" being made, they are able to complain that the cutter doesn't care about _______ because he cut funding, when he really just reduced the fudning increase. Under the Bush administration, Bush talked about cuts that weren't much of a cut and because they were in social programs, his opponents were able to talk about how much he didn't care about _______, all while spending increased.
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Default Cuomo responds to school criticism

I think Cuomo gets it unfortunately the LI Congressmen do not.


“The schools say, ‘If you make cuts, we’ll have to lay off teachers,’” Cuomo said. “Yeah, you can lay off teachers, or you can better manage the system and find better efficiencies. For example, the state has funded reserves for the schools to fall back on as part of a rainy day fund. Those reserves total $1.8 billion statewide. The entire state aid reduction is $1.5 billion..............
Long Island’s Republican Senate delegation has vowed to restored school aid to the districts, but Cuomo said that type of approach to his budget would just exacerbate the problems in Albany."

Long Island Business News » Cuomo responds to school criticism
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Dem or Repub...finally trying to get your financial house in order is good news.
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Dem or Repub...finally trying to get your financial house in order is good news.
Absolutely, it shouldn't be a partisan issue.
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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Dem or Repub...finally trying to get your financial house in order is good news.
Agreed! And from a Cuomo no less.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:47 PM
 
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Probably why the usual suspects who bow down at every word Christie utters aren't posting here.
Get a grip yours is only the 3rd post.

I am very glad the a dem finally gets it after the repubs have been saying it for years. There is hope for some of them yet.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Get a grip yours is only the 3rd post.

I am very glad the a dem finally gets it after the repubs have been saying it for years. There is hope for some of them yet.
This has never been partisan issue, both sides have accepted benefits from the unions especially the UFTA and will continue to do so. Paterson, Pataki, Cuomo, Carey, take your pick. Seems like Skelos finally gets it but do you honestly believe he has been any better than Silver? They were both part of the problem, time to stop this immature partisan argument and focus on the problems at hand.

By the way politicians have been know to "say" one thing and vote another way.
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