http://www.newrochelletalk.com/system/files/180C12E6-2B19-4AA6-AECA-B35A..." alt="180C12E6-2B19-4AA6-AECA-B35AA3792538.jpg" vspace="10" hspace="10" border="0" width="134" height="200" align="left" / In general terms Assemblyman George Latimer spoke of the realities of the New York State budget in these trying financial times. The state budget reflected the downturn of the economy. State revenue has dropped and there was a gap in the budget of 17 million when the Senate voted.
The federal stimulus which is being used to ease budget shortfalls has strings attached. Spending cuts were proposed for health care and "emotional ads" were used to influence legislators to try to lessen these cuts. Some prisons were closed and transfers of prisoners were made to fill up other prisons. Five billion dollars additional in income taxes was projected by taxing those making over $200,000 in income (or $300,000 for couples filing jointly). An attempt to gain concessions on pay raises was rejected by the unions, consequently the Governor said he will lay off workers. Latimer emphasized it takes nine separate votes to settle the budget. He voted against most of the proposed budget, citing as an reason that a business can easily move from Rye to Greenwich to obtain lower taxes.