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30 Issues: Balancing the Budget in Albany

True/False: There’s A Democratic and Republican Way To Balance The State Budget

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Former New York State Senator Seymour P. Lachman and former City Hall reporter for Newsday Robert Polner, are joined by Republican candidate for Governor John Faso to talk about partisanship and balancing the budget in Albany.  Lachman and Polner are co-authors of the book The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975.

Guests:

John Faso, Seymour P. Lachman and Robert Polner

Comments [14]

Josh Karan from Washington Heights

This episode was shameful & indicative of why I listen less often to this program.

Whether or not there is a different Democratic way than Republican way from balancing the NYS budget, these are not the only ways.

For instance, the Green Party has proposed capturing $ 15 billion per year from the Stock Transfer tax, which is automatically rebated to the Wall Street financiers, and using these funds to preserve the social services for the rest of us. They have also proposed a surcharge on the $ 20 billion Wall Street bonuses.

That such possibilities were not even discussed indicates that Brian has accepted for the discourse only solutions which involve cutting the standards of working peoples' pensions, the education of students, or the medical care of the elderly & infirm.

Truly shameful, Brian.

Oct. 13 2010 11:42 AM

john for the office
bush was a C student AND a bad leader.
there goes that theory.

Oct. 13 2010 11:34 AM
john from office

Gov Carey went to St. Johns Law School like I did. He spoke at my Graduation and said he was a c student. There is someting about the inability of intellectuals to govern, like Carter and now Obama. High grades dont translate into leadership.

Oct. 13 2010 11:31 AM
jm

Rebecca: the public service sector salaries/benefits do not increase when the private sector is enjoying times of plenty. Why do we feel the needs to "tear them down to our level" when the public sector is suffering?

Oct. 13 2010 11:30 AM
Clif from Mid-town

Actually the Mythbusters debunked the "Bull in a china shop" theory. The Bull were actually quite aware that there was delicate stuff around them and did not break a single thing whilst running around the pen.

So this doesn't say much about Paladino and his baseball bat mission. What a dork! Is this guy serious? Do you really want someone like this running our state?

Oct. 13 2010 11:29 AM
jm

Holy crap! I gig a quick Google search on the proposed Paladino Medicaid cuts, and was completely horrified. As one who has assisted in the hospice care of a parent, I cannot imagine what we would have done without the help of a hospice nurse (and we had a very good HMO).

I just wonder if Bellevue has enough beds to accommodate everyone thinking of voting for Paladino. You have to be seriously mentally ill if he still appeals to you, especially after his recent antics.

Oct. 13 2010 11:27 AM
Rebecca R from Manhattan

The NYS Democratic party is in bed too far with public labor unions. There is no way they will tackle the problem. Say what you might about Paladino, he is the type of person who will do what is necessary even if it is not in his political interest to do so.

Oct. 13 2010 11:27 AM
Rebecca R from Manhattan

The NYS Democratic party is in bed too far with public labor unions. There is no way they will tackle the problem. Say what you might about Paladino, he is the type of person who will do what is necessary even if it is not in his political interest to do so.

Oct. 13 2010 11:26 AM

glad cuomo is taking about the number of local government in the state. i'm hoping for follow through.

Oct. 13 2010 11:25 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Thank heavens for the Manhattan Institute. Even the lefty slackers who listen to this show should be alarmed.

Oct. 13 2010 11:25 AM
Sally from UES

Can these people name one person that has retired on a 401k?

Oct. 13 2010 11:23 AM

I have every expectation that Prince Cuomo will bring the same skills that made his father so memorable as a budget cutter. He has already demonstrated his ability at H.U.D.

http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-08-05/news/how-andrew-cuomo-gave-birth-to-the-crisis-at-fannie-mae-and-freddie-mac/

He has also demonstrated his ability to gain bipartisan support.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/05/when_rick_lazio.php

He enjoys financial contributions from a representative group of the electorate, ensuring that he will remain unbought and unbossed.
(although occasionally available for rent or bullying)

http://wnymedia.net/admin/2007/09/norman-hsus-ny-connection-spitzer-cuomo/

Oct. 13 2010 11:17 AM
Karen from NYC

Paladino is going to reform Albany with "a baseball bat"? He sounds like the kind of guy that, when I was growing up in Carroll Gardens, my Italian-American parents advised me to cross the street to avoid.

Yikes. Scary. And kind of embarrassing to me, as a third generation I-A. We're not all like that, folks. Check out the Cuomos; much more representative of our culture.

A thug is a thug is a thug, regardless of his heritage.

Oct. 13 2010 11:13 AM
Joe

Has anyone talked seriously about pension reform?

Oct. 13 2010 11:08 AM

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