Angry New Yorker

Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Slash & Burn? More like Nick & Slightly Warm

So Governor Patterson announces a budget that news outlets described as a "slash and burn" effort. Excuse me? Patterson says we are in the most severe economic climate since the Depression and the governor's budget cuts... Wait for it... spending to only a 1% increase over last year's budget.

Now we realize that in NYS, addicted to year over year compounded spending increases far higher than inflation, this represents draconian cuts. But it is hardly a "slash and burn" budget by any measure.

Patterson is quickly learning that NYkers are sick and tired of being nickled and dimed to death. As longtime readers know we moved outside NYC to Connecticut last year, so we can watch NYS with a bit more detachment (though CT is in no great budgetary shape), but the outrage we've seen to Patterson's proposals center heavily on the increase in petty fees and NOT his "cuts".

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