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October 14, 2009


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"Cutting back the $2.2 billion in general fund spending added to the 2009-10 budget by legislative Democrats;"

Until they show specifics, this IS nothing. As the much battered governor will tell you, the devil is in the details.

Bob Conner

Here's some more about that from the press release:

"Review $2.2 billion in General Fund spending added to the 2009-10 Budget
by the Legislature for possible reductions (table attached).

The SFY 2009-10 budget includes over $2.2 billion in General Fund spending
that was added to Governor Paterson’s Executive budget proposal by the
Democrat majorities in the Senate and Assembly. In other words, more than
$2.2 billion in General Fund spending which was not originally proposed by
Governor Paterson was included in the final adopted budget. All of this
additional spending was discretionary and was not required under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Approximately $1.2 billion was used to restore reductions proposed by the
Governor in his Executive budget and approximately $1 billion was used to
finance new spending. All of these spending items should be immediately
reviewed for potential reductions. Freezing all funds for new and increases
to current spending programs alone would save hundreds of millions of
dollars. In addition, the Democrats in both houses rejected many of
Governor Paterson’s proposed legislative changes in the budget that would
have saved over $100 million this year. Lastly Governor Paterson proposed
$700 million in health care savings initiatives that were not included in
the adopted budget which should be revisited.

(See attached file: legaddstoexec09_10.pdf)"

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This blog is by Bob (Robert C.) Conner, a longtime journalist and author of the 2018 novel "The Last Circle of Ulysses Grant" published by Square Circle Press, and a 2013 biography "General Gordon Granger" published by Casemate. He is currently writing a biography of the Kansas abolitionist Col. James Montgomery. His Civil War blog can be found at robertcconnerauthor.blogspot.com
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