New York State Assemblyman Rob Walker (R, C, I, WF - Hicksville) released the following statement regarding passage of the Debt Reduction Plan (DRP) in the Assembly recently:

"The DRP passed by the Assembly majority shows that Albany is still ruled by three men in a room, regardless to which party those men belong. It is illogical and irresponsible for both the Assembly and Senate Democrat leaders to push through a bill that no member had a chance to read, let alone study its fiscal implications, other than the three men who negotiated the deal - Governor Paterson, Senator Smith and Speaker Silver.

"Make no mistake about it, we are all in agreement about the need to reduce last year's $1.6 billion deficit. However, paying down $1.6 billion in debt by increasing health premiums on families, individuals and businesses to the amount of $240 million will only end up costing New Yorkers their health care and in turn the state would have even more uninsured residents than we currently do. We cannot close $1.6 billion by raising tuition on young New Yorkers who are already leaving this state at a record pace due to the fact that they cannot find jobs nor afford to live here," said Walker.

"We need true reforms that will reduce government spending while creating a positive economic environment thereby drawing businesses and jobs in rather then sending them out to neighboring states. Ultimately, this DRP only harms New Yorkers who end up paying for the so-called "savings" Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver and Senator Smith have passed on with no hope of implementing job-creating measures to aid our already crippled economy," added the assemblyman.

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