Assembly Majority to Hold Rochester Hearing on Budget
Public invited to comment on the impact of the governor's
budget on the Monroe County region
The Assembly Ways & Means Committee and the Monroe County Majority
delegation will hold a public hearing to discuss the governor's proposed
budget and the impact it would have on the region.
Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr., Chair of the Assembly
Ways and Means Committee, will be joined by Assemblymembers David Gantt,
Joseph Morelle, Susan John, and David Koon at a hearing on:
March 14, 10 a.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
30 Church Street, Rochester
To testify, call Assemblyman Gantt's office at 585-454-3670, Assemblyman
Morelle's office at 585-467-0410, Assemblywoman John's office at
585-244-5255, or Assemblyman Koon's office at 585-223-9130.
The Assemblymembers noted New York's economy has languished under the
governor's policies. If New York's employment had grown at the same rate
as it did nationally during the economic expansion of the 1990s, they said,
the state would have 476,700 more jobs statewide. New York ranks 40th in
the nation for job-growth under the governor's failed economic development
policies; New York's economy has suffered long before the September 11th
Governor's budget makes the wrong choices
The governor's proposed cuts would drastically affect families in the region:
School districts in Monroe County face cuts of $67 million and more than
1,600 children would lose access to pre-K. In fact, it would take a property
tax levy increase of 11.4 percent just to maintain current services.
The price of a college education will increase. The governor proposes nearly
$703 million in cuts to higher education, of which $27.8 million directly
affects colleges in the Greater Rochester area. His $1,200 SUNY tuition
increase, TAP cut, and cuts to private college aid will push the dream of a
college education out of reach for many families.
Rochester-area hospitals can expect to see a $23.9 million loss in Medicaid
revenue. What's worse, area residents will pay much higher premiums, and
48,000 workers statewide could lose their jobs.
The Empire Zone program is one of the most successful job creation initiatives
in state history; communities across New York have attracted jobs with the
benefits provided. Job growth is especially critical in the Finger Lakes region,
for example, which has less than half the job growth than the state as a whole.
Now the governor proposes to cut $3.5 million from local zone administrators -
undermining the effectiveness of the program.
Any of these cuts on their own would be hard for the Western New York economy
to bear, the delegation said, but taken together, they're disastrous. That's
why the Assembly Majority is looking to the public to learn more about the
impact the governor's would have on the region.