Cuomo On Budget Cycle, Spending Habits

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He wrote in his op/ed earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a late afternoon news conference that the budget process in Albany needs a vast overhaul.

“There are two different problems,” he said. “We have a $10 billion deficit this year. We have that $10 billion because we have a budget process that brought us to the point where the Mediciad program has grown 13 percent and education has grown more than 13 percent.”

The governor and his staff have been tight-lipped over what may or may not be in the budget, due out Tuesday. He wouldn’t even say if spending would go up or down in his proposed 2011-12 budget.

But he said it was clear that the way Albany puts together budgets must change.

“We have to stop that cycle,” Cuomo said. “We have to stop the fundamental process, which is the quote-end-quote budget process in Albany where the annual budgets are basically bandages and the wound remains. The wound is a state government that spends too much money with too little performance for the taxpayer that is causing businesses to leave the state — growth that is unsustainable year after year after year.”

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