Republican Majority Brought In Chamber Spending Under Budget
August 30, 2012
A Lot Has Changed for Taxpayers Since GOP Took Senate from Overspending Democrats
(Long Island, NY) The Senate’s Republican Majority has brought spending within the chamber in at nearly $11 million under budget for the 2011-12 state fiscal year and saved middle-class taxpayers more of their hard-earned money, all while erasing a massive structural deficit it inherited from the previous free-spending Democrat majority, a report released today shows.
“After the Senate Democrats overspent by millions of dollars and left us with a deficit, we vowed to bring the Senate’s budget in line with reality by reducing spending and doing more with less. The results speak for themselves,” Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos said.
The figures were released today as part of the Senate’s biannual expenditure report, which provides a line-by-line account of actual Senate spending for the period of October 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012, which totals $41.1 million. The report provides detailed personal service (salaries) and non-personal (vouchered expenses) expenditures for each member and each office in the Senate, as well as several joint legislative entities whose payments are processed by the Senate.
Total expenditures for the full 2011-12 fiscal year came in at $81.3 million, or $10.6 million under the Senate’s budgeted amount of $91.9 million, or a whopping $18.3 million below what was spent under the Democrats during the 2010-11 fiscal year.
The Senate’s budget is a microcosm of the overall state budget, Skelos said, where year-to-year spending has been reduced in each of the last two years.
“Working with Governor Cuomo, we’ve brought spending under control, stabilized our finances and have begun to turn New York around. As long as Republicans are leading the Senate, the state will not spend a penny more than taxpayers can afford,” Skelos said.
The previous Democrat majority ran up a deficit by wildly overspending their budget by $5.7 million and $7.7 million, respectively, and bloated the Senate payroll – – doling out an eye-popping $13 million more on staff than was budgeted.
Since assuming leadership of the Senate in January 2011, Republicans have closed regional offices across the State, renegotiated leases and moved members into smaller, less costly, or even free office space.
In recognition of the difficult economic times faced by most middle-class families throughout the State and a desire to save taxpayers more of their hard-earned money, Republicans have also reduced the overall Senate payroll by approximately 300 positions.
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