Local representatives react to Spitzer's address

ALBANY – One local Democratic lawmaker called the proposals in Governor Spitzer’s State of the State address “bold, visionary and urgently needed” in upstate.

Republicans agree the Governor’s plan sounds good, for the most part. Some, however, are skeptical the state can afford it.

Spitzer says it will require tough decisions come budget time.

“We must make the hard choices necessary to live within our means – recognizing that every choice must help the people of New York invent a better future,” he said.

Notably for Upstate, Spitzer is calling for a $1 billion fund to go toward investing in businesses, infrastructure needs for shovel-ready sites and agribusiness.

The plan also calls for the formation of a bipartisan commission to come up with reccomendations aimed at reforming the root causes of why taxes are so high, making the tax relief system fairer for middle class taxpayers and putting a “fair” cap on school spending.

Town of Smyrna Supervisor Jim Bays (D) says the proposed $1 billion investment into upstate economies couldn’t be a better plan at a better time.

“The fund would provide the capital that is needed to attract businesses to upstate New York; provide significant aid for fast-growing businesses and industry sectors throughout the State; strengthen our infrastructure; and fund several critical economic development projects in each region of Upstate,” Bays stated in a press release Wednesay. “The Governor’s proposal is bold, visionary, and urgently needed in our upstate communities. It is evidence that when it comes to revitalizing upstate, the Governor means business.”

Senator Tom Libous (R-Binghamton) say he’s anxious to see if Spitzer’s $1 billion for upstate and other funding can actually materalize in a fiscally sound budget, and if any of that money will come to parts of the Southern Tier like Chenango and Broome counties.

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