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A Note to New York Lawmakers

May 19, 2010

Dear Assembly Member/Senator: 

You need to look around the nation and recognize that voters are not happy. 

You need to understand that you are next. You will be gone in the fall unless you turn things around. 

First, you must extricate yourselves from the budget quagmire, and here’s how you do it: 

Ask the governor to deliver revised budget bills that authorize the levels of spending and borrowing that the two houses can agree upon. This budget will be slightly out of balance. You must then accept the fact that the governor will use his line item veto to bring the budget into balance. These vetoes will not be sweeping. In fact, they will account for less than $1 billion and will be virtually unnoticed by people. It will be a one or two day story and then it will be over. 

Second, you must pass some meaningful bills in the time remaining in this session. In this regard, do not let perfect be the enemy of good.  On Power for Jobs, Charter schools, ethics reform, NYRA bailout, IDAs and other issues – you must compromise and get it done. 

Third, you need to get back to your home district and wear holes in your shoes campaigning. 

If you do this, you have a chance. If you don’t, say goodbye to public service. 



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