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Aubertine

Governor’s Budget A Starting Point; Job Creation, Retention Top Priority

Last Tuesday, the Governor released his proposed executive budget. This budget is a starting point which includes a number of proposals I think take us in the right direction, but still, there are others that concern me. Now is not the time to increase spending, as has been proposed. We need to rein in our spending to match revenues, while keeping an eye on job retention and job growth. […]

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Barclay

Governor’s Budget Does Not Go Far Enough to Reduce Spending

Last week, Governor Paterson released his proposed budget. It’s the first step in the beginning of the budget process and is the foundation from which lawmakers negotiate before its passage in April. In short, in his budget the Governor proposes to slow the growth of state spending but also proposes approximately $1 billion in new taxes and fees. In this column, I highlight some of the more substantive aspects of his proposal. […]

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Aubertine

Ethics, Elections Reform a Start; Budget Moves to Front Burner

Everyone certainly recognizes the problems that exist and the need for tough ethics and election laws to address these issues and restore the people’s faith in our government. These changes will tighten up the laws that govern the relationships between lobbyists and elected officials as “consultants,” while also providing a long overdue means of enforcing violations in election law. […]

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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Can You Help This Student?

Hello, my name Robert and I am in fifth grade. Our class is doing state reports and I chose New York my state. I really like New York, but I have never been there and I don’t and I don’t have any items from there. I really hope I get to go there someday. Maybe I can convince my parents to let us go. […]