ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s getting down to the wire at the state Capitol for lawmakers to pass an on-time budget.
The state senate adjourned around 5 p.m., and the assembly adjourned around 8 p.m. They voted on about 20 bills, but none of them were related to the budget.
Only a framework agreement had been established. Because those hotly debated issues have yet to be finalized, there will have to be a message of necessity for an on-time budget.
Stec said with controversial bills like the $15 minimum wage increase, he wants to have enough time to sort through all the details and not be rushed by a message of necessity.
Neither does Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
Some lawmakers were frustrated with comments from Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday that said if the budget is late, then they don’t deserve a pay raise.
“It’s no way it’s our fault; we haven’t seen the budget, yet,” Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin said. “We haven’t seen the final bill, so I think the governor needs to take a look at himself and realize why this budget is late.”
“And I think it’s a sign of fatigue setting in with everyone,” McDonald said. “And patience is starting to wear a little thin.”
Some believe that as soon as paid family leave, education and minimum wage are agreed upon, the rest of the budget will fall into place.