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PATAKI'S BUDGET NEEDED TO RIGHT STATE'S WRONGS

Social-program advocates have been denouncing Gov. Pataki's proposed state budget on the editorial page in recent weeks.

Gov. Pataki's executive budget is an attempt to put New York back on the right track. His proposal would only slow the growth of programs like Medicaid. If his budget is adopted, this state will still spend more on Medicaid and mental health than every other state in the country.

For too long, New York has let spending run out of control. The business community -- farms, small businesses and large corporations -- are finding it hard to compete. The tax and regulatory burden in this state is too high.

Without spending control and regulatory reform, jobs will continue to leave this state for "greener pastures." Gov. Pataki's spending plan will bring fiscal sanity back to New York while still leaving Cadillac programs in place for those in need.

EARL GINGERICH JR.
President, Erie County Farm Bureau
East Aurora

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