Legislators pass 2011 budget

The main topic of the evening was the nursing homes, which the legislator passed a bill to issue a Certificate of Need to the State Department of health with a vote of 36-2. Nichol's said that through this budget process it appeared that Breslin was doing everything he could to make sure the facility was shut down.

"The executive is obsessed with closing the nursing home," he said. "And the realization came through when we saw his budget."

He said that the legislation to issue a Certificate of Need was a referendum on needing a new nursing home.

One of his biggest regrets, Nichols said, was having to lay off 33 workers, but noted that it was a necessity and was much better than the 511 layoffs proposed by Breslin.

While other legislators were happy that they only had to raise property taxes by 5 percent, Scavo was displeased as he stated it was against what he promised to the voters in his community.

"I look forward to the day when I can vote on a budget without tax increases," he said. "I made a promise to my constituents that I would vote against any tax increases that came across my desk."


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