Luke Martland announced his plan on Sept. 8 to revitalize the economy in New York state where he provided steps to fix the budget process, consolidate state agencies and authorities and reducing the salaries of state legislators.
The first step is to make sure we have a balanced budget, Martland, who is running against incumbent Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Delmar, for the 46th district senate seat, said in an interview with the Spotlight. "We need to make sure it's transparent."
He said the numbers the state legislators work with "are not accurate" and that the revenue projections are "riddled with gimmicks and math errors."
In the past, he has proposed to create an independent budget office to provide analysis of legislation to make sure the cost of the bill is revealed and also how it will be funded, adopting the Generally Acceptable Accounting Principles, which are used by the Congressional Budget Office, end sweeps of funding from specific budget lines into a general fund and having an independent budget office or the New York State Comptroller sign-off on the budget, assuring the public that it is balanced.
He also proposed a ten percent pay cut for all legislators and added that if his legislation was not passed, he would take the pay cut anyways.
"Before you make a sacrifice," he said, "your leaders must make a sacrifice."
Cutting the salaries of political appointees is another proposal of his and in a press release he stressed that no state government employee would earn more than the governor "in total compensation."
A reorganization of the state government is another idea prompted by Martland to combine or eliminate state agencies and public authorities that are considered redundant. These findings would be produced over a six to nine month study where the information would be given to the governor where he would carry out the actions of the reorganization, said Martland.