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.


Am I misunderstanding something? I thought that the tax rates on the "wealthy" were raised temporarily a few years back and that these temporarily higher taxes will expire unless the legislature and governor agree to extend them. No action means the temporary higher tax rate on the wealthy disappears. Otherwise we'd be in trouble because the Assembly might be inclined to "no action" leaving the higher rates in effect

<div> You&#39;re right. &nbsp; It is unclear in my presentation that I was commenting on&nbsp;the federal (Bush) tax cuts that were expiring last year but got reinstated at the last minute. &nbsp; The media, at that time, was not calling them a tax increase. &nbsp;Thanks for correcting it.&nbsp;</div>