The Big Ugly Under Our Noses
June 22nd, 2010

The state legislative session technically ended yesterday and there is still no state budget. Legislators have until Monday to come up with a budget deal. If they don’t, Paterson will complete the budget by sending the rest of his budget plan through as an emergency extender–daring legislators to shut down state government or accept his budget. Gov. David Paterson has shoved a number of revenue raising, and spending reducing legislation through emergency budget extenders but a formal deal is still elusive. But most of the work has already been done.

Yesterday, the Senate passed a number of Paterson’s budget bills that help the city in some ways. The transportation budget bill creates a pilot bus lane camera program on bus rapid transit routs. –it also preserves the program that provides students with free and reduced price Metrocards. On the other hand, the city lost $300 million in municipal aid.

A $1.60 per pack cigarette tax was also approved. The votes in the Senate were extremely close coming down along party lines.

The Post sums up how the budget has been pieced together so far in the emergency budget extenders.

A budget deal is looming. The Republicans and good government groups call it the “Big Ugly.” How much longer will it take before it rears its ugly head?

Stay tuned.

By on June 22, 2010, 3:57 am
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