State of New York Archives: on Budget & Economy

Rob Astorino: N.Y. is most regulated, least business friendly state

New York State is the highest taxed, most regulated, least business friendly state in America under Governor Cuomo. Rob Astorino will launch an aggressive, pro-growth and pro-jobs economic agenda to revitalize New York's stagnant economy.

He'll deliver bold reforms to New York's antiquated tax code and regulatory system, cut spending in real terms and reduce the cost of doing business in New York. That's how you grow an economy--not with empty TV ads.

Source: 2014 N. Y. gubernatorial campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

Kirsten Gillibrand: Tighten our belts but carefully, not a "slash-only approach"

Gillibrand hit Long on her pledge to not raise taxes to balance the federal budget. "We can tighten our belts. We can cut spending," Gillibrand said, "but we have to do it precisely and carefully. We cannot have a slash-only approach, like my opponent has."

Long campaigned on fiscal discipline and other conservative positions.

Source: New York Newsday on 2012 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 17, 2012

David Paterson: Enforce spending cap, even by constitutional amendment

I'm renewing my call for a spending cap. Now, I know that this will be met with a lot of resistance. But I fought 25 years to eradicate the Rockefeller Drug Laws, and I will put the same effort into seeing this become a law--even if it has to be passed b constitutional amendment.

We have got to find a procedure that cures the spending structure that has infected our budget process for the last 20 years. And the sooner we do that, the more control we will have over spending, not less. For as you may have observed in the past few weeks, the Governor will exercise authority to prevent this State from going into default. You have left me and other Governors no choice. So whether it be by vetoes or delayed spending, I will not write bad checks and we will not mortgage our children's future.

But the Legislature is the body of the people. And the Legislature should have an equal voice in deciding to hold spending in line with the times.

Source: N. Y. 2010 State of the State Address Jan 6, 2010

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