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Cuomo Outlines 2012-2013 Budget At SUNY-IT

Marcy, NY (WIBX) – Governor Andrew Cuomo visited SUNYIT to outline his 2012-2013 Executive Budget and Reform plan, aimed at growing the economy and creating jobs throughout the state.

The budget looks to eliminate automatic spending inflators and increase school aid by $805 million.

Cuomo says the money, including $250 million linked to an “enhanced teacher evaluation process” will fix the state’s ailing education system.

“We will now have a real performance management tool,” Cuomo said. “We spend more per student than any state in the nation, and we’re number 38 in graduation rate. We’re not doing the right thing by our children. Let’s find out what works, what doesn’t work. Let’s replicate what works and let’s correct what doesn’t work. That’s what this evaluation system will be.”

Cuomo’s budget also calls for the creation of the Tier VI pension reform plan he says will save upstate New York $83 billion over the next 30 years.

According to the governor, his budget recommendations have the potential to reduce the projected four-year budget deficit from more than $16 billion down to $7.4 billion.

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