December 25, 2012 – There is a lesson to learn from the tortuous road the New York State Thruway Authority took to not imposing a 45 percent toll increase on trucks. It’s a lesson that all governments in New York need to learn, from the state budget office to the tiniest villages: Look elsewhere – and hard – before reaching into anyone’s pocket.That hasn’t been the standard in too many places in this state for too long. Albany’s performance has improved since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took office two years ago, but at the same time, Cuomo initially supported the Thruway Authority’s grab for truckers’ money. For whatever reason, though, he changed his mind and applied to the Thruway Authority the same cautious fiscal standards that he has been using on the state budget for the past two years.
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