Senate Dems Launch a Preemptive Strike Over a Bad Budget

ALBANY—Here’s a copy of a mailer the Democratic State Senate Campaign Committee has started sending around the state, attacking Republican senators for their votes against the state budget.
This particular mailer targets Long Island Republican Kemp Hannon because, in voting against the budget, he voted against funding for police officers, education, and the continuation of the STAR tax-exemption program.
The Republicans, throughout the budget process, attacked the lack of transparency and opposed the final product because it included tax increases on high-income earners and—though it maintained the STAR exemption—the STAR rebate was repealed.
The budget was criticized for its level of spending in an economic downturn, and a