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Shutdown Bound?
June 28th, 2010

The legislature rejected Gov. David Paterson’s budget extenders and are scheduled to vote on their budget bills today.If they don’t pass either by the end of the day, state government will shut down.

The problem is that Senate Democrats are not all on the same page when it comes to the budget deal their leaders reached with the Assembly. With such a thin majority it is again unclear whether they will be able to pass the bills today.

Some legislators privately say they support Paterson’s extender because of its property tax cap. The legislature’s deal also contains Sen. Eric Schneiderman’s measure that would count inmates at their residences rather than where they are incarcerated, and a clause that would allow gay couples to file joint tax returns. Both those measures could cause some Democrats to vote against the bill.

The legislature is scheduled to vote on their budget bills sometime today but are hanging out until Wednesday. They will vote on their revenue plan tomorrow because it will have aged properly at 12:01 a.m. and will vote on a chapter amendment to their budget bills that addresses school funding, on Wednesday–if everything goes to plan.

You can watch the Senate debate the budget bills here. Session was supposed to start at noon but conference went long and as previously stated it is unclear where all the Democrats stand.

By on June 28, 2010, 1:50 pm
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