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Posted: December 9th, 2008
Rightsizing New York’s Budget: Where the Bucks Are

With a budget shortfall of $12.5 billion projected for 2009-10, New York’s state government faces its most significant fiscal crisis in decades. However, this is not just another cyclical downturn. What’s left of Wall Street will be significantly leaner, less profitable, and more heavily regulated than the securities industry whose explosive growth fueled the expansion of state spending for much of the past 25 years. Join various panelists and speakers as they explore ideas for permanently bringing state and local government spending into line with new economic realities. Panelists include E.J. McMahon, Director of the Empire Center; Elizabeth Lynam, Deputy Research Director for the Citizens Budget Commission; Thomas Rogers, Executive Director for the NYS Council of School Superintendents; Joseph Stefko, Director of Public Finance for the Center for Governmental Research; and Thomas Sanzillo, Senior Associate of T.R. Rose & Associates. This panel is moderated by Erika Rosenberg, Senior Research Associate for the Center for Governmental Research. This was event was taped at the Albany Institute of History and Art. The slide shows accompanying the presentations can be found here. This Forum is part three of a four part series.


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  • Anand

    I do something with my life, but still find time to enjoy bacon twice a month. All the bacon haerts with their tell everyone how to run their lives agendas and self-induced bacon denial masochism can go back to their ineffective lives and dream more of forcing others to think as they do-eliminating the temptation of bacon because they lack the control over their own bacon desires and project that weakness upon the rest of us.However, other ignorant comments here show the need for a Bacon Summit where Americans and Canadians get together to standardize and understand our respective bacon cultures. Our peoples are not that different-we all understand the importance of that magical creature from which bacon is derived. Political power mongering from our leadership and differences in brand names must be swept aside for the greater sizzling good. And together, we must stand against those who hate the bacon, who hide their intolerance behind science’ and religion’, using their health care mandates to enforce their unnatural animosity. Peace thru Pork! Better living thru Bacon!

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