December 22, 2008

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Molinaro not a fan of governor’s budget

ALBANY – Republican Assemblyman Marc Molino of Red Hook is not a fan of Governor David Paterson’s proposed state budget.

While he said the state needs to tighten its belt and reduce spending, Molinaro said the governor's plan to hold the line on taxes is a double edged sword.

“This is ongoing disingenuous argument that ever statewide elected official ever makes,” he said. “We’re not going to raise taxes which means we are not going to raise the income tax, but in the meantime, we are going to nickel and dime everybody to death. In the end, they are still dead. And that’s the problem, that the budget is sort of the death by a thousand cuts here.” Molinaro said now is not the time to raise any taxes, “it is not a genuine discussion to success that we didn’t raise the income tax, but we got everybody else doing everything else. And that’s what this budget does.”

Paterson has proposed a number of new fees as well as cuts in funding to various programs and state worker layoffs to eliminate the $15.4 billion state deficit.

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