My Thoughts on the Governor's Executive Budget

My Thoughts on Governor Andrew Cuomo's Executive Budget.

Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I-Holbrook) recently expressed a number of concerns with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget proposal.

“I have enjoyed working with Governor Cuomo over the last two years. However, there seems to be a troubling pattern developing regarding his indifference toward legislative input,” said Graf. “It seems that the governor is keeping his plans secret for as long as possible in the hopes of preventing substantive debate. Considering his past willingness to include many programs I have advocated for in his State of the State addresses, this is quite perplexing.”

“Last year, I was ecstatic to hear the governor support the energy super-highway I detailed in my ‘Plug Long Island In’ campaign, as well as the need to re-examine the rigid requirements students pursuing Regents diplomas have to face. This year, he even incorporated components of my Learn to Work Program. Going forward, I believe that the governor must renew his commitment to legislative input.”

Graf went on to state that he will only support a plan that focuses on the families and communities that make Long Island a great place to live, work and raise a family.

“I will fully support the governor when he proposes legislation to help the people of my district,” said Graf. “However, I will continue to stand up for our families and job creators anytime the governor leaves us out, regardless of his public approval ratings.”

“Unfortunately, the governor’s budget is long on wind, but short on substance,” Graf continued. “Once again, our schools face sharp cuts and the proposed back-door borrowing will only add to our already substantial debt. This lack of detail and aversion to debate is wrought with danger and could cause irreparable damage to the people of this state.”

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