Budget Deal for Friday?
March 24th, 2011

That’s what Majority Leader Dean Skelos seems to think…or at least sort of. “Im very optimistic that were going to announce a conceptual agreement, perhaps even more than a conceptual agreement Friday. Thats my goal, thats our conferences goal and we believe it can happen,” Skelos told reporters while exiting a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. According to Skelos a millionaires tax will not be part of the budget nor will the renewal of rent regulation.

Silver however said that rent regulations were still on the table. Silver was less certain about a budget deal–saying he “would hope” to have a deal by this weekend.

Leaders have remained fairly optimistic that a budget deal is close but yesterday Cuomo released a video threatening to use budget extenders to enact his budget. If legislators miss the April 1 deadline for the budget they would be forced to either vote for the extenders or shutdown the government. Cuomo has made it more than clear that he is willing to take it to the brink to get what he wants.

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