Local officials get glimpse of state budget

NORWICH – State Commissioner for the Department of Motor Vehicles Joan McDonald was in Norwich on Thursday to detail Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ambitious $137.2 billion state budget which was unveiled to the public earlier this week.

County and city administrators gathered at the Classic Car Museum on Rexford Street to get a glimpse of the proposed 2014-2015 financial plan and ask questions regarding the impact it may have on taxpayers in Chenango County. The presentation, hosted by Commerce Chenango, was one of several stops Commissioner McDonald made across the Southern Tier and an opportunity at the local level to promote the Classic Car Museum to state officials, noted Commerce Chenango President Steve Craig.

McDonald’s lecture covered key issues in the pending state budget that encompass matters of tax relief, tax credits for businesses and manufacturers, education, labor and healthcare.

“Over the past 30 years, 23 budgets have been late, an average of 50 days,” said McDonald. “Since the Governor has been in office, he has held spending below two percent, which is remarkable. He has taken a $10 billion deficit and turned it into a $2 billion surplus ... New York created 380,000 in past three years and now, it’s number two in the nation in job creation.”

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