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EDITORIAL: A state budget well-fit for CNY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his budget address in Onondaga County Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his budget address in Onondaga County Wednesday, Feb. 8. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— Casinos

Cuomo pulled out this line — racinos are just casinos with an “r.” He hopes to make gambling in New York state legal, something the state Constitution currently does not allow.

“We don’t live in a perfect world,” Cuomo said. “We have a Constitution that prohibits gambling. It’s not a question of gambling or no gambling, it’s about maximizing our revenue.”

Currently, New York has more slot machines than Atlantic City, but the revenue is not rolling in from the tracks and slot machines.

We’re happy to see this is a priority of the Governor — anything to bring in revenue, and tourism, is a big plus in our book.

Helping the little guys

The governor’s budget includes numerous ways to help out counties, towns and villages as they deal with budget shortfalls and stalemates.

The state plans to take over Medicaid growth costs by 2015. Between this measure and enacting pension reform, these items should help put local municipalities in better shape as it comes to local budgets. One thing we’ve heard time-after-time in budget meetings is the costs of health care and pension on the local budgets. Hopefully this will provide some relief.

An additional $79 million in grants is being provided for greater efficiency in local governments, too. Any measure to help our local, central New York grants is something we support. Helping the little guys will help build a stronger state government and budget.

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