State Budget Bills
March 29th, 2009

The bills that make up the state budget were finished last night and early this morning. The Senate Majority has posted the bills here.

Good government advocates have called this year’s process one of the most secretive in recent memory. Advocates and Republicans said they expected Democrats to introduce the bills and then force a vote on them only minutes later, with a message of necessity. However, it looks like the Democrats will allow the bills to age for the required 3 days–meaning that they will be cutting things close for an on time budget.

Democrats had claimed they would introduce the bills over the weekend and provide three days for review, but observers felt that goal had been missed when Majority Leader Malcolm Smith left Albany for a fundraiser on Friday and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver removed himself from negotiations on Saturday to observe the Sabbath.

As for what is in the budget, it has been reported that we can expect a tax increase on the rich, drug law reform and bottle deposits added to bottled water.

By on March 29, 2009, 12:50 pm
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One Response to “State Budget Bills”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    March 30th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I won’t even try to talk about what they’ve done without seeing a set of tables.

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