THE PEOPLE SPEAK
A new Quinnipiac University poll confirms that a soaring budget deficit is the most important issue to most New Yorkers, but also registers resistance to most budget-cutting measures other than freezing wages for state workers.
77% of respondents said New York State has “very serious” budget problems, and 70% were “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” Read More
More Budget Holes
On his weekly radio appearance this morning, Mayor Bloomberg told John Gambling that the city could face steep cuts–including, possibly, those averted teacher layoffs–if Congress fails to approve $600 million dollars in Medicaid funding.
“Everything will be up in the air again,” Mr. Bloomberg said.
The comments come one day after Mr. Bloomberg Read More
Governor David Paterson announced this week he is going after both of the Big Untouchable Issues in Albany: School funding and Medicaid. He’s also broaching the idea of renegotiating public employee union contracts. This is not a man who’s afraid of a fight.
That the governor is wading into the state’s thorniest budget territory Read More
At a Crain’s breakfast this morning in midtown, Eliot Spitzer said that the way the state budget was negotiated in his first year was “wrong” and not something he wanted to replicate in the future. But he said that the “back and forth” he had with the health care industry was worth it because it Read More