February 2, 2011

SHRINKAGE:

Gov. Cuomo follows through on campaign promise with proposal to shrink government (Bill Hammond, February 2nd 2011, NY Daily News)

He didn't just slow the rate of budget growth a smidge and pretend that was a "cut," which is the usual Albany dodge. Nor did he merely hold spending flat.

He really and truly proposed to shrink government - from a budget of $136.6 billion in this fiscal year, to $132.9 billion in the year beginning April 1.

Albany hasn't seen a governor this tight with tax dollars since the first two years of George Pataki - back before he sold his political soul to the health care industry.

Also impressive is the integrity of Cuomo's plan.

Most governors in his position would have found a way to wriggle out of their campaign promises.

They would have jacked up surcharges and fees and tried to spin them as something other than tax hikes.

Or they would have "securitized" an asset or "amortized" an obligation and spun that as something other than digging the state deeper into debt.

Or they would have shoved costs into the laps of local governments and spun that as sharing the pain.

Cuomo's plan is refreshingly void of such dodges - and refreshingly full of true, honest-to-God fiscal discipline.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 2, 2011 8:07 PM
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