Governor Cuomo delivers budget message at SUNYIT


MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Governor Andrew Cuomo visited SUNYIT on Tuesday to present his 2012-2013 Executive Budget and Reform Plan.

Cuomo says his budget is one of the most direct and comprehensive budgets New York State has seen in years and also targets unfunded mandates and pension costs that have burdened local governments.

Cuomo's budget closes the current $2 billion deficit with no new taxes or fees and proposes the state takeover Medicaid growth costs and reforms to education programs what Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says will save Oneida County more than $11 million over the next five years.

Cuomo says his budget will help create jobs and change the trajectory of the state.

"New York has an incredible reputation as a high tax, anti-business state," says Governor Cuomo. "You have to change that. The way you change that perception is by changing the reality."

In addition to the mandate relief, Cuomo's also proposing pension reform that will provide additional relief to local governments.

"The Tier 6 that he's talking about is going to save millions of dollars down the road. It was never addressed until this point," says Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri. "It's not immediately, but our pension costs are astronomical and this will definitely be effective for the next generation."

Less taxes, fewer mandates and reform is what Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steve Dimeo says is critical for Mohawk Valley business growth.

"He is changing the dynamics of how the state functions and that's really important from the private sector standpoint," says Dimeo. "The fact that the private sector does have a sense of belief that New York state is a place that is conducive for investment."

The governor hopes to get his budget finalized by the end of the month.

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