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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
February 24, 2009
by Irene Jay Liu of the Albany Times Union's Cap Con blog
The Working Families Party is calling on Gov. David Paterson to adopt a similar take on the budget as Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle.
Doyle’s budget (which closes a $5.7 billion deficit through mid-2011) uses $2.1 billion in federal stimulus cash to protect education and health care, raises $1.4 billion in tax increases, cuts programs, prevents raises, and slashed new spending.
“Albany should take a cue from Madison, because Gov. Jim Doyle got it right. Prudent spending cuts combined with asking those who can most afford it to give back a little more in taxes–that’s the kind of progressive leadership working families in New York need,” said Dan Cantor, Working Families Party Executive Director.