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Sen. Little reacts to late budget passing

August 5, 2010
By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer

Like just about every other resident of New York, Sen. Betty Little says she's glad the state budget process is complete.

"It should have been done a long time ago, obviously," she said. "I think it was a very difficult year, but in general, I think everyone's pretty much glad it's over with."

Little, R-Queensbury, who voted against the budget, criticized her chamber's Democratic majority for not holding any conference committees or roundtable discussions on the budget, saying there was a general lack of transparency about the process.

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"The big problem was the three leaders, the three men in a room, were all from New York City, all from the same party and were never on the same page," Little said. "They would argue back and forth, and it's just been a hassle."

Little said the general public agreed with Gov. David Paterson that cuts had to be made, but said she ultimately voted against the budget because it contains tax increases that she believes will stifle economic development.

"It takes away a tax credit for brownfields, for investments, for creating jobs, for all those things we use to incentivize businesses," she said. "I think there wasn't enough done in the budget to create jobs and spur the economy."

Little voted in favor of a 4 percent property cap, although she recognizes that its chances of approval in the Assembly are slim.

"I believe we need to have a property tax cap, a spending cap and mandate relief," Little said. "You can't tell all these municipalities what they have to do and turn around and say you can't raise the property tax."

Little said she recognizes that people were frustrated with this year's budget process.

"People are angry with government," she said. "They want a smaller government and all they see is one tax after another coming after. I think that anger is at government in general and everyone who is a part of it. Everyone gets painted with the same brush."



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