FINCH REACTS TO THE 2014 BUDGET PROPOSAL Statement from Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport)
January 21, 2014
While the governor’s proposed tax cuts are cause for cautious optimism, serious gaps remain in the 2014 budget. Citizens of Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland and Chenango counties deserve relief from onerous unfunded mandates that drive up costs for upstate municipalities. It is essential that we collaborate to attract and expand commerce throughout Central New York. We must encourage industry leaders to invest in our region, creating jobs that will become fulfilling careers.
It is also imperative that the budget reflects a sensible hierarchy of priorities regarding education. Gap Elimination Adjustment has dealt a damaging blow to struggling school districts that are seeing their funding restored at a glacial pace. This couldn’t come at a worse time. Our educators need the requisite resources to implement the higher standards mandated by Common Core. Before New York State finances universal Pre-K or widespread Extended Learning Time grants, it must make good on its promise to return essential funding to Central New York schools.
I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, as well as the governor, to craft a budget that promotes prosperity for Central New York families.