State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60th, has announced his support for the senate budget resolution, which passed by a vote of 39-21, He favors its control on spending, tax cuts and potential for creating new jobs.
He said the Senate budget includes a comprehensive job creation plan that cuts taxes on businesses, provides additional aid to schools, mandates relief for localities, creates tuition help for middle class families, offers property tax relief and greater assistance for senior citizens to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
"The Senate has moved New York one step closer to having a solid, fiscally responsible plan for the budget in 2012-13 that limits spending, reduces taxes and keeps government growth below 2 percent," Grisanti said. "This budget provides tax credits and tax cuts for businesses so they can create more jobs. It assists localities by accelerating the governor's plan to freeze the growth of Medicaid and restores $200 million of key funding for schools, as well as providing middle class families with tuition assistance.
"The Senate also protected seniors by restoring EPIC, so the highest cost seniors would pay for a prescription is $20."
"Additionally, some key provisions in the Senate budget protect Western New York institutions," Grisanti added. "The Senate denies the governor's request to make Roswell Park Cancer Institute financially independent by 2014-15 and restores the $25 million allocation. Roswell is such a unique gem in our community, it needs to be supported in any means possible and certainly treated with respect for the great work that they do.
"I also am thrilled that the Senate voted to support the UB 2020 Challenge grant program with $110 million recommendation, and amended the governor's proposal to include $16.5 million in tuition revenues from 2009-10 that are to be returned to the university system. And perhaps most importantly, the Senate bill included the authorization of funding for economic development opportunities to stimulate the Erie/Niagara economy and employment."
"Overall, the Senate's budget is a giant step in the right direction for New York, and Western New York comes out on the winning end. It benefits businesses, the middle class, students and senior citizens. My hope is that we can work with the Assembly and the governor to get this budget passed in a timely manner. However, I will not let my core goals of controlling spending, cutting taxes and helping to create new jobs be jeopardized in an effort to reach a deadline."