Friday, January 05, 2007

BRINING THE 'PAIN':Eliot Spitzer says reform won't be easy at the state capital, but change must happen

AP Story The Journal Register

"ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s first State of the State address on Wednesday promised no tax increase, but “pain” for Albany as it seeks to reform itself, improve the economy and “bring back the greatness New York once defined.”Spitzer chastised the Legislature as a partner in Albany’s gridlock and rising spending, but also appealed to a better side.“New Yorkers have resoundingly rejected the status quo — the politics of partisanship and polarizing ideology,” Spitzer said. “This can be the start of an historic bipartisan partnership.”There was enough in the 6,200-word address to entice the cooperation of the Republican-led Senate and Democrat-controlled Assembly, essential to getting anything done in Albany. Like Spitzer, Senate Republicans want property tax cuts and more charter schools. Assembly Democrats share Spitzer’s call for more school funding — including universal pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds — and greater health care for more New Yorkers."

And change will happen........the current dysfunctional status quo is no longer acceptable to the voters of this state....they want change and reform...and not just speeches....but read the rest of this article click here............andy

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