Good afternoon. Here’s a roundup of opinion content published in The Journal News today, Wednesday, Feb. 2:
Cuomo’s budget proposal
We comment on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2011-12 budget proposal, which he unveiled Tuesday in Albany. The $132.9 billion plan proposes reducing spending and some 9,800 layoffs. We write:
.. Giving detail to the “recalibration” of state government promised throughout his 2010 campaign, Cuomo called for consolidating 11 state agencies, including merging the Department of Correctional Services and the Division of Parole into a new Department of Corrections and Community Supervision; and creating a new Spending and Government Efficiency Commission to reduce the state’s endlessly expensive shadow government by 20 percent; that means paring the vast and sprawling array of state agencies, authorities and commissions now chewing up taxpayer funds.
Local school districts, the state and city university systems, and local municipalities would also feel the state’s fiscal pinch — not unexpected in a year where state governments across the nation are trying to close a combined budget gap of some $125 billion, very many of them without raising taxes. The state’s health-care apparatus would take a hit as well: a Medicaid Redesign Team is already holding hearings and taking advice on how to change the notoriously expensive Medicaid program, with an eye toward saving money. Cuomo’s plans close what has been estimated as a $10 billion budget gap. …
M. Alma Cormican, a Croton-on-Hudson resident who serves as president of the Westchester-Putnam Retiree Chapter of New York State United Teachers replies to our Sunday editorial on the need to recalibrate public-employee pensions.
Gov. Cuomo’s dose of reality: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Government gets real: Editorial, The Buffalo News
It’s lonely at the top: Editorial, New York Daily News
Budget is what’s needed: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Cuomo’s budget: Editorial, Watertown Daily Times