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State leaders discuss federal stimulus package, economy

The governor's 2009-10 budget proposal also needs fine tuning following the approval of the federal stimulus package, said Little. The senator suggested the governor throw out his previous proposal and develop a new one that will factor in the stimulus money.

The assemblywomen agreed.

Duprey said the governor's proposed budget contains 137 new fees and taxes, the vast majority of which will affect the middle class and small businesses.

"This is just not the year to tax people. When we're in a recession, when people are losing their jobs or having a tough time, it's really not the time to add new taxes," said Duprey.

Sayward remarked she was "extremely disappointed" the property tax cap the governor had talked about was "nowhere to be found" in his budget, which she feels would further drive down the burden on state taxpayers.

"The governor, while he talks the talk, has not shown us he's going to walk the walk when it comes to reform," said Sayward. "We do have some difficult times ahead."

The legislators urged taxpayers to voice their concerns about the state budget to not only the governor, but to Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon L. Silver.

"I truly believe he's the most powerful man in the state of New York right now, and he has to hear from upstate," said Duprey.

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