Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Is The Honeymoon Over?

Capitol Confidential

It appears to me anybody and everybody associated with this latest State Budget took a pr hit.....expectations were set very high.......and everybody loves reform as long as it doesn't affect them or their pocketbooks.......unfortunately New York State is past it's prime and alot of people haven't figured that out yet.......those future budget deficits are looming and lurking...and if the economy does a downturn.....there is going to be alot of grinding and gnashing of teeth for the next budget........people don't like Spitzer bullying people to do their job...and then they don't like Spitzer allowing them to spend too much money........you can't have it both ways......without taxpayer support of Spitzer's Budget Reforms.......this state is headed to hell in a hand basket...that is why so many people that I know have or are in the process of moving out of state...........instead of having school districts in wealthy areas..figure out a way to keep costs down and maybe consolidating districts......no way...throw them more money.....throw the hospitals more money too.....keep dysfunction in place........my question is...what happens when the money runs out??? andy

Gov. Eliot Spitzer took a big drop in yet another poll today, this one by Quinnipiac.
The poll found his approval rating down to 48 percent from 61 percent in February. His disapproval rose from 11 to 27 percent in that same period.
Spitzer’s colleagues/adversaries in the Legislature fared even worse: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had an approval/disapproval rating of 30/30, while Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno shook out at 27/34. As a whole, the Legislature got 34/43.
Interestingly, or perhaps fickly, voters didn’t like Spitzer’s “steamroller” approach, but on the flip side they said he gave away too much. The dichotomy continued deeper into the poll, with more people supporting health care restructuring than not, but most saying it would hurt health care.
Whether this downturn lasts for a governor who came in with historic support is another matter. As Quinnipiac University Polling Institute’s director Mickey Carroll noted, this is something of a season thing.
“There’s nothing like a knock-down, drag-out New York State budget battle to take the steam out of even the most vigorous steamroller. Budget stories dominated the media and Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s job approval numbers sagged.”
Among other politicians, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo did well. Most people don’t know enough about Lt. Gov. David Paterson to have an opinion. Same for Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

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