PULP submitted testimony of its Executive Director, Gerald Norlander, addressing Committee questions regarding the impact of the proposed cuts and alternatives. The testimony
1. Opposes the Governor's proposal to cut PULP funding and asks the Assembly to continue in its longstanding support for PULP, as it has in past years with prior governors.
2. Proposes to end the ballooning cost of utility sales tax anomalies now amounting to $154 million/year in lost state revenue from utility customers when they switch to ESCOs.
- See Governor Proposes To Slash Civil Legal Services, PULP Funding, PULP Network, October 20, 2009; PULP, Legal Aid, Homeless Advocacy Groups Targeted by Governor for $2.8 Million Cut, PULP Network, Nov. 12, 2008
- See ESCO Tax Subsidies: A Hidden $128 Million Cost of the New York PSC's "Retail Access" Scheme, PULP Network 2008; ESCO Advertises 9.75% Tax Savings on Delivery Service, PULP Network, June 19, 2009.
- See Governor's Budget Raises Utility "Assessments," Hurting Low Income Customers, but Gives Break to Cable Telephone Service Providers, PULP Network, December 18, 2008
The State Senate will hold two hearings next week on the Governor's deficit reduction proposals, in New York City and Farmingville. According to a Senate Press Release, Senate President Malcolm A. Smith said,
"New York was among the states hit hardest by the national recession, and any plan to balance the budget must be deliberate with an eye toward our economic future. While our staff is reviewing the implications of the Governor's proposals, we're also bringing the public into the legislative process to hear what these cuts would mean to programs and services, and determine if there are better ways to close the budget gap."Senate Holds Public Hearings on the Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan.