Across the State, local officials are blaming Albany for not reaching a budget that allows local governments to know what they are getting....In the meantime, cuts big and small are happening. Some say 6700 NYC teacher jobs may go..Cuts range to smaller levels where here in Watertown at least six positions have been cut in the last two cycles. A lot of it depends on local finances and the level of reliance on Albany.
Mayor Bloomberg gets support from his friends at the NY Times in this editorial blaming Albany, and the behavior of the Legislature and Governor are a sight to behold. However, there is a solid case for less state aid...and the notion that local governments should rely on their local tax base and adjust expenditures accordingly.
In recent decades, local government has grown by doing an end-run around the consitutional tax limit. Its done by alternative revenue sources, mostly state and federal aid combined with sales tax and fees.
You know the drill... Lawmaker X says "let's spend some money" and Lawmaker Y says "OK, but let's see if we can get a grant because I am all about the 'taxpayers' "
The only way change will happen is with dire cirsumstances....Look at Greece (the one in Europe and in NY). If Albany's dithering is making change happen locally, that's a good thing.
Editorial - Blame Albany - NYTimes.com