A Statement from Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson)
At the Air Force Academy, we always joked that the only thing you could rely upon was change. In Albany, the only thing you can rely upon is incompetence. And that incompetence is costing us jobs, hurting taxpayers and forcing seniors, young professionals and small businesses out of this state in record numbers.
This Governor, Sheldon Silver and their gang of New York City incompetents are funding a failed social experiment on the backs of New York taxpayers, and those backs are breaking. With disgust I voted against this year’s budget and knew that we would be forced to face dire consequences for not having the courage and intestinal fortitude to deal with a reeling economy and unsustainable addiction to government spending.
But many of my colleagues opted instead to pass a horrible budget with a 10 percent increase in spending and then head off to enjoy their summer. Now, the Governor trots out proposed mid-year budget cuts that simply shift the financial burden onto the backs of our already beleaguered local governments and school districts and, inevitability, onto the backs of taxpayers.
Instead of proposing to consolidate certain state agencies or cut back on personal services, including his own politically-appointed lackeys, at a cost of $175 million, Governor Paterson’s solution to our state’s tax-and-spend addiction is to insanely raise taxes again. My message to this Governor and this dysfunctional legislature is wake up, stop spending, shrink government, cut taxes and get New York State back on track by putting people back to work.