Click CUOMO for the full transcript, video, etc. from the
State of the State, January 5, 2011



CSEA president Danny Donohue:

The Governor offered many ideas which we will consider carefully. We will agree with some and disagree with others. Where we disagree, there will be healthy debate to find ways to work together. It won't be easy, but good government never is.

NY Governor's Speech to Mix Hard Choices, Optimism -- by Michael Gormley
(published in Forbes.com)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to mix some optimism into his first State of the State address Wednesday along with his plan to overhaul a state government still mired in fiscal crisis.

Click here for the full article: Gormley

The Shameful Attack on Public Employees -- by Robert Reich

In 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike.
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to support them.
That was where he lost his life.
Eventually Memphis heard the grievances of its sanitation workers.
And in subsequent years millions of public employees across the nation have benefited from the job protections they've earned.

But now the right is going after public employees.

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        (photo: P. Flaherty)

Statement from PEF President Kenneth Brynien in Response to Gov. Cuomo's State of the State Message

ALBANY, NY - In response today to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Message in Albany, Kenneth Brynien,
president of the New York State Public Employees Federation, said:

"We agree with Governor Cuomo that we all need to work together to solve the state's budget problems.

We are encouraged that he proposes to work together to help New York through this crisis, rather than dictate solutions.

We look forward to working with him through this same deliberative process when dealing with the juvenile justice facilities and we recognize the need for programs these facilities provide. They are not just a jobs program, but a continuum of services in the juvenile justice system.

Working together to help New York through this crisis requires all New Yorkers to do their part, and both the spending and revenue sides of the solution need equal consideration.

It's time for a common sense approach to the state's fiscal problem. State workers did not cause the economic crisis, but we stand willing to work with the governor to fix it. "

OPINION: Practical Options for New York's Budget -- by James Parrott, Fiscal Policy Institute

With the slow recovery from the Great Recession of 2008-2009, New York State's budget situation remains precarious.
Most states are in a similar position, since their revenues have dropped more than any time since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
State tax collections, adjusted for inflation, are still 12% below pre-recession levels while the need for state-funded services has grown.
At least 46 states struggled in 2010 to close budget shortfalls. There is no let-up in sight. Federal fiscal relief to the states has a greatly
diminished and most of it is scheduled to end in mid-2011.

Click here for the full article: FPI