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Report: Barbara Lifton town hall in Newfield, Part 3

Third in a series

Part 1 on taxes is here

Part 2 on the economy and economic policy is here.

Governor Cuomo said, “You can never solve a problem if you refuse to acknowledge it.”  After listening to Assemblywoman Lifton, at her town meeting, she obviously is not heeding his words.

New York State’s Budget:

Governor Cuomo wants to shift the way budget cuts are viewed.  He says a cut is how much spending changed between the latest enacted budget and the new one, not how much the anticipated increase was cut. 

Assemblywoman Lifton speaks only of the cuts to the anticipated budget and not the actual increase or decrease.  She said that they (the legislature?) have cut $19 billion in the past few years and the Governor’s budget cuts an additional $9 billion.  Based on her numbers, over the past 3 years the anticipated increase was $31 billion; that’s an anticipated increase of 25%!  “They” cut $19 billion, so she wants credit for a $19 billion decrease and ignores the $12 billion increase!  This is a failure to acknowledge the problem.  (Of course, she thinks letting taxes go up when the current tax schedule expires on December 31st won’t be a tax increase, either.)

She goes on, at length, about individual cuts to departments in the Governor’s budget.  Of course, she never mentions the actual changes (which may not even be cuts) – only the anticipated cuts.

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