LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS: EXECUTIVE BUDGET IS A GOOD START

By Andrew Carden

In the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget for 2012-2013, state Republican lawmakers have offered their two cents on the proposed plan, which sports a price tag of $132.5 billion.

Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, praised the governor for his focus on job creation through public-private partnerships, but suggested he take a more aggressive stance on eliminating fraud, waste and abuse in state agencies and authorities.

“Government should be shrinking and becoming more efficient, not growing and becoming more unwieldy,” said Ball.

Ball suggested the governor’s proposed mandate relief, by way of a state takeover of Medicaid, be attached, without any loopholes, to “real, direct and substantive” property tax relief to

the state’s taxpayers.

“Simply swapping the cost of Medicaid from the local to the state, without insisting the locals provide one to one property tax relief would be both foolish and reckless,” said Ball. (READ MORE)

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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