With New York State facing insolvency if major budget changes are not made, we can all be pleased one aspect of government spending is administered so prudently...so perfectly that our lawmakers say any cuts are off limits. That is education aid, which along with funding for healthcare programs, comprises 55% of state spending.
Now its tough to make major cuts when so much of the spending plan is off limits for political reasons. Lawmakers have been blustering about no cuts to school aid, because that is such a sensitive and eaily exploited subject in upstate and suburban areas where school taxes are a bit political issue. The presumption is any decrease in state aid must be accompanied by a concurrent increase in property taxes. Oh really ?
If that's the case, then the remaining 45% of the budget will have to be cut substantially. That means programatic changes as in functions the state has always been involved in....We will see what they do.
Maybe we could just raise sin taxes again.
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