Renewed Call For Government Reform
Following Governor Pataki’s annual State of the State Address, Senator Malcolm A. Smith called on the Legislature to pass sweeping reform measures meant to improve public schools, strengthen Medicaid, lower taxes, create jobs, and allow state government to better serve New Yorkers.
“The momentum for change is springing up across the state in communities like ours. We need to continue to push for institutional change in government and I’ll continue to work with the Democratic Conference and any group or party that is committed to working with us to make government more transparent,” said Senator Smith.
Senator Smith cited how local governments have been agents for change. Faced with runaway Medicaid costs, county governments pushed for reforms that are beginning to save money and improve health care delivery.
As for public education, Senator Smith said, “Every child deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. We can no longer ignore a court order directing the State to adequately fund New York’s under-funded schools. It’s imperative, not only for schools in my district, but for children in classrooms across the state, that we equitably fund our public schools.”
Finally, Senator Smith also discussed reformative legislation that would effect the government. “Reforming government programs will save billions of dollars and allow us to cut taxes to benefit working families, expand affordable housing and reduce the high cost of energy, insurance, workers’ compensation and construction that is holding back economic investment in New York.”