Niagara Gazette — I find it hard to believe everyday, working-class people give a darn about whether the New York state budget is on time or not.
Unless they are state workers or work for a place that relies heavily on state funding, why would they?
It’s ridiculous when Albany politicians pat themselves on the back for passing a budget on time.
It’s like saying, ‘hey, give me credit, I did my job.’
I generally arrive on time for work. Perhaps I should be celebrating more.
The Albany celebrations have grown in exuberance the last three years.
Following the passage of the 2013-14 spending plan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a video message exclaiming: “New York is coming back. New York is rising and we are building on our strengths.”
Countless other press releases from other breathless state lawmakers followed, all exalting the passage of an on-time state budget for the third year in a row as a sign that Albany’s dysfunction is somehow less dysfunctional and Republicans and Democrats alike have set aside their partisan ways for the good of the good people they represent.
It’s nonsense really.
This is the sort of thing they think will impress the commoners, give them something to think about come election time.
The real impact of the budget won’t be felt for weeks, months even. There will be little taxes and fees — there always are — that pop up when we least expect them.
We already know some of us will be getting $350 rebate checks before Election Day 2014.
Rebate checks the state can afford and, yet, we’re told there’s less money for things like programs for the disabled.
The Buffalo Bills — a lucrative pro football franchise — made out like a bandit with millions heading its way for stadium renovations.