Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign committee is out with an email today touting the successes of the state budget deal reached this week.
It pretty much rehashes the governor’s talking points. Here it is:
Yesterday was an exciting day for New York.
Governor Cuomo announced an agreement with the legislative leaders on a historic budget for 2012-2013. The budget builds on the Governor’s successful record of turning around New York and proving that government can work for the people. It continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility by closing a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks. And for the second year in a row, the budget holds growth to two percent or below.
It also focuses on creating tens of thousands of jobs for New Yorkers. As the Governor said, “The cornerstone of this budget is the New York Works program, a new and smarter strategy for putting New Yorkers back to work by rebuilding our aging infrastructure and helping put our state’s economy back on track.”
The key components of the New York Works program include:
— Creating the New York Works Task Force to coordinate capital planning across 45 agencies and authorities and to oversee investment and access to funding;
A $15 billion initiative to rehabilitate the state’s infrastructure and invest in regional economies to create tens of thousands of jobs; this fund will leverage an array of outside funding sources and uses only $743 million in new state appropriations;
A second round of funding for the Regional Economic Development Councils to continue successfully supporting job development throughout the state on a region by region basis;
$100 million in capital and tax credits for the first phase of a multi-year $1 billion economic development package for Buffalo;
An expansion of the Governor’s successful NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grants for State University campuses to help make our university system a driver of economic development and to increase the quality of education for our students; and
Initial funding for planning of the Energy SuperHighway initiative to facilitate billions of dollars in private sector investments in New York and ensure access to low-cost energy across the state.
Building a strong economy also means revamping the state government to ensure it works for the people. That’s why the new budget contains new reforms to maximize government performance and efficiency, including:
Provisions that will allow interchangeability of resources within agencies to expedite government consolidation and streamline processes;
$125 million in funding for a competitive education performance grant program to facilitate student achievement and school accountability; and
A phased takeover of the growth of Medicaid costs that will save counties and New York City an additional $1.2 billion over five years. This follows the historic pension reform enacted last week that will save the state and local governments over $80 billion over the next 30 years.
The Governor’s budget also makes important investments in our local communities. Among a few of the highlights are increasing opportunities for students with greater funding for community colleges; the continuation of the reforms to the juvenile justice system started last year to reduce crime and promote healthy lives for young people; mortgage foreclosure counseling services to help New Yorkers stay in their homes; and increased support for our most vulnerable New Yorkers.
And there’s much more for all New Yorkers. Click here to learn more about the budget agreement.
This budget is an important next step in fulfilling the Governor’s promise to build a new New York. And we thank you for all that you do to help make these successes possible.
Andrew Cuomo Committee