Ag commissioner speaks of reform

Darrel Aubertine delivers governor’s budget message

— “Every year there are more programs passed with no rhyme or reason. We must re-evaluate the way these agencies are working.”

Everybody wants mandate relief Aubertine said, but not everyone is stepping up to the plate.

Cuomo will reign in Medicaid and pension costs.

“Our primary mission is education,” Aubertine said.

Yet New York is number one in spending and 38 in graduation rates.

“We are trying to create a competitive grant based on performance,” Aubertine said.

He also pointed out that there is no teacher evaluation system in place and the state stands to lose $700 million in federal funding.

“We are serious and don’t have a choice,” Aubertine said. “Our students and taxpayers deserve no less.”

The state has made progress in the last year, he said, and is on a positive track. There are challenges, but Aubertine said New York is in a good place to meet them.

“We are looked at as being a model. We are looked at as being a success story. We will be successful.”

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