Paladino Offers Blistering Critique of Cuomo's Budget

February 16, 2011 Updated Feb 16, 2011 at 12:24 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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February 16, 2011 Updated Feb 16, 2011 at 12:24 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - He once warned that we have not heard the last of him. Now, former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is speaking out against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal.

Paladino said the plan does not create jobs or cut taxes, but simply closes a deficit.

"The more I get into the particulars of what the budget provides the more disappointed you are," Paladino told Eyewitness News.

"How long do we want to keep punishing our business? How much more burden do we want to put on them?" said Paladino, who released a four-page critique on the spending plan Tuesday evening."

Paladino said Cuomo's year-over-year cut of less than $1 billion in Medicaid spending is one example of where the governor's proposal does not go far enough.

"They're playing with words and saying look at what we're doing. We're cutting. We're cutting expenses. They're not even cutting into the first layer of fat," Paladino said.

Click on News Links at the top of the page to read Paladino's response to the governor's budget plan.