Here’s a survey of the weekend opinion pages across the North Country. The Plattsburgh Press-Republican likes the look of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s austerity budget, but wonders whether the legislature will follow his lead.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo did what he’s supposed to do: propose an austere budget with strong medicines that will leave a foul taste in our mouths but will eventually cure what ails us. Now we’ll see whether the legislature will do what it usually does: sugar-coat the medicine to the extent that it won’t do us much good after all.
The Glens Falls Post Star echoes that view, arguing that the Cuomo budget was years in the making and long overdue.
And while his proposed 2.7 percent overall reduction in state spending will hit everyone hard, it shouldn’t be a sucker punch in the gut to any responsible public official who’s been following state finances the past few years.
The day of reckoning was coming for some time. That day is finally here.
But the Watertown Daily Times worries that widespread government lay-offs across the US could stifle the economic recovery.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed firing 9,800 state workers. In Texas, nearly 8,100 jobs could be eliminated; in Iowa, 1,500. One economist predicts government job cuts could reach 30,000 a month by the end of the year.
That could ripple through the economy with less spending leading to slower job growth and even more layoffs into next year and the start of a presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise praises Trudeau Institute for choosing to stay in Saranac Lake, but says there are still plenty of questions that need to be answered about the company’s plans for the future.
The Enterprise is working hard to get answers to those questions. Trudeau administrators, faculty and most trustees have been reticent to speak publicly so far, but some trustees have started to open up. We look forward to a more trusting time when discussion of this excellent, important lab’s future isn’t so hush-hush.