March 29, 2023
By Times Union Editorial Board
Former Gov. Mario Cuomo’s axiom that we campaign in poetry but govern in prose is slightly off the mark. If by “poetry” he meant aspirations, values, heart and vision, then we need a little poetry in our governance, too.
Yes, the grind of deal-making, number-crunching and bill-drafting may take the glow off policy work. But it’s important to remember that a budget — especially in New York, where the spending plan is so often the vehicle for the year’s major initiatives — is a statement of values. With that in mind, here is a selection of measures we hope to see in the final budget.