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Spitzer joins opposition to budget amendment

State Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer joined Buffalo Niagara Partnership officials Wednesday in opposition to a proposed budget-revision amendment to the State Constitution that is on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Speaking at Partnership offices on Main Street, Spitzer said, "Unfortunately, the current proposal will simply exacerbate our current budgeting problems, without adopting the real reforms that are needed to restore fiscal integrity in New York."

The amendment would give the Legislature more power in putting together the state budget, change the start of the fiscal year to May 1, from April 1, and put in place a contingency budget if a state budget is not adopted by that deadline.

The Democratic attorney general, a candidate for governor in 2006, cited the need for imposing stricter deadlines on the budget-making process and empowering the comptroller to resolve disputes over revenue forecasts.

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