Here is timeline for the DRP discussions as prepared by CapCon.
9/23/09 – Leaders Meeting: Paterson predicts $2.1 billion deficit will grow to over $3 billion. (Republican) Senator Skelos is the only leader to offer any substantive proposals to reduce the deficit including cutting back $2.2 billion in legislative adds in the 2009-10 budget; reducing state agency spending by five percent; consolidations of state agencies; and selling surplus state property.
10/14/09 – Senate Republicans formally release their DRP plan which includes: Cutting back the $2.2 billion in general fund spending added to the 2009-10 budget by legislative Democrats;
- Cutting state agency non-personal services by ten percent to save $480 million;
- Freezing state purchases of recreational lands to save $78 million;
- Freezing planned Medicaid expansions to save $200 million;
- Reinstating welfare and Medicaid anti-fraud protections to save $34 million;
- Cutting Medicaid optional services to save $150 million; and
- Cutting state agency contract balances by five percent to save $300 million.
10/16/09 – Assembly Republican Leader Kolb puts forth “conversation starters” for over $3 billion in savings including:
- Across-the-board reduction in mid-year State Operating Funds ($2.5 billion);
- Consolidating certain administrative agencies ($241 million);
- Remove a state mandate from local governments so they can decide which optional Medicaid services to provide ($1 Billion), as proposed by Senate Republicans;
- Reduce Non-Personal Services across all state agencies ($500 million), as proposed by Senate Republicans;
- Reduce Personal Services across all state agencies, focusing on appointed administrative positions ($175 million);
- Eliminate Legislative Earmarks ($100 million); and
- Eliminate funding for state government to buy up more private land ($30 million).
10/29/09 – Leaders Meeting: Senator Skelos announces agreement on $2.1 billion of Governor’s plan, and announces additional cost savings included in Senate Republican plan. Assembly Democrats still have offered no proposals to reduce the deficit. Governor calls session on November 10th.
11/05/09 – Senate Republicans release outline of areas of agreement with Governor Paterson and additional proposals to close $3.2 billion deficit.
11/08/09 – Senate Democrats announce a DRP, built mostly around one-shot revenue sources. Assembly Democrats have still not released a plan.
11/12/09 – Governor Paterson holds a conference call with legislative leaders and claims they are ¾ of the way there on agreement for a deficit reduction package. Assembly Democrats claim to support cuts in spending, but no details are given, and to date, Assembly Democrats have not publicly offered any plan to reduce the deficit.
Did you happen to notice the Democrats in the Assembly have not offered a plan and the Senate Democrats are focused in raising more revenue and not cutting spending? With thinking like this will anything happen to ever fix the problem, NO!