budget 2014

Cuomo maintains political pressure over property tax plan

Apr 10, 2014
WXXI News

In a speech in Rochester Thursday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept up pressure on local governments to cut their budgets.

His speech was part of a series of appearances to sell what he calls his 'grand-slam' budget.

Cuomo touted four consecutive fiscal years of on-time budgets, something he says hasn't happened since the Rockefeller era.

The governor continued to highlight state efforts to cut taxes, but focused on what he called "unsustainable property taxes" levied by municipalities.

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.

Governor Cuomo says one of the most important accomplishments achieved by him and the legislative leaders, is that the budget was passed on time, for the fourth year in a row. And he used a baseball metaphor, complete with baseballs and bats for props, to describe the feat.

“This is the grand slam budget,” said Cuomo. “I’m pleased and proud.”

The state’s Comptroller says test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is seriously flawed, and might even be unworkable.

The budget provision, which first surfaced late Friday, would enact a pilot public campaign finance program limited to the comptroller’s office. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a longtime supporter of public finance, says this plan comes too late in the election cycle, and relies on the State Board of Elections, a board widely viewed as incompetent, to set up the program.  

Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to a very limited form of campaign finance reform in the state budget, it would only apply to the state Comptroller’s race.Advocates spent a million dollars on television ads  and countless hours lobbying and holding demonstrations in favor of adopting a publicly funded, matching small donor system for statewide races, including the governor and the legislature.But Cuomo and lawmakers, in a series of closed door meetings, decided to permit a more limited public campaign finance system, instead ,that applies only to the State Comptroller’s race.

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Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders continue to meet behind closed doors to hash out a budget deal, while outside the governor’s offices around 25 angry protesters were arrested.

Governor Cuomo is calling legislative leaders into his office for twice a day private meetings to hash out details of the $145 billion dollar state budget.

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