posted on April 08, 2010 15:37
New York State is now 8 days late on the budget.
Lawmakers in Albany cannot come to an agreement over a new spending plan for the new fiscal year.
Local state Senator Mike Ranzenhofer, whose district includes Batavia, says he knows how the process is working, and he’s tired of it.
In the meantime, Governor David Paterson is playing hardball. The Governor has written out a new emergency spending bill for the State.
The new bill does not include scheduled 4% union pay raises. The bill only contains what Paterson calls “essential spending,” such as worker salaries and Medicaid payouts.
The state is already operating on an emergency spending bill as lawmakers in Albany continue to disagree over a new state budget.
This latest emergency bill will take effect next week if a new budget deal is not reached. New York faces an over $9-billion deficit.