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election 2002
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The state is expected to have a budget shortfall of anywhere from $5 to $10 billion next fiscal year. Should the next governor address this problem by raising taxes or by cutting spending?

A recent poll by Quinnipiac University showed that 46 percent of New Yorkers preferred cutting services to balance the budget while 41 percent called for raising taxes. Upstate respondents favored cutting services while those from New York City favored raising taxes.

For more information see's summary of the state budget, with comparisons to other states.

Visit New York Citizens to read a summary of where the candidates stand on the economy."

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the candidates respond
"We've got to try and find ways to close that gap. There are some things that we can no longer do." Photo of Carl McCall
H. Carl McCall (D)

"We have to get our spending under control. When you are the highest taxed population in the country, you've got a spending problem." Photo of Tom Golisano
Tom Golisano (I)

"We do face budget challenges as we go forward, but we've faced them before. When I took office in 1995 we had a $5-billion deficit...and we closed it by restructuring the government and looking to reduce the cost and the size of government."
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George Pataki (R)

the experts respond
"The state is going to be broke... you're going to see the effects of this in any number of ways." Photo of McMahon
E. J. McMahon
Senior Fellow
The Manhattan Institute

"[Governor] Pataki is partially responsible for [the budget deficit], but mostly it's the political culture of the state." Photo of Fred Siegel
Fred Siegel
Historian and Political Analyst

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