State Lawmakers Unable to Finalize 2017-18 Budget Before Deadline
Apr 04 2017 by Joshua Bennett
But the unexpected two-month stop-gap measure drew sharp criticism even as legislators moved to adopt it. "Gov. Cuomo was unable to negotiate an on-time budget".
"There's no justification for it. If that's the goal of the governor, that's the goal of a guy like me and let's see what we can (do to) come to an agreement to address this to get it off of the local share". "He ran his mouth for months about the dysfunction in Washington and this guy can not get a budget done in time". "If 49 other governors can manage Medicaid without sticking homeowners with the bill, why can't Mr. Cuomo?" said Congressman Faso.
That being said, despite some concerns, I voted to approve the two budget extender bills the Governor sent to the Legislature for consideration. It would raise from 16 to 18 the age at which people could be prosecuted as juveniles rather than adults.
The state's Senate and Assembly were expected to return Sunday afternoon to resume talks, the News reported.
NY state will avoid a government shutdown after lawmakers approved a two-month stopgap spending plan.
Cuomo, who had argued the Republican proposal pitched by Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence.to shift the costs back to Albany was an immoral, illegal and unfair attack on the state, offered the argument Thursday that the new law was not only possible but just.
NY lawmakers are back at the Capitol hoping for a deal on a new state budget. George Amedore, R-Rotterdam.
Normally extenders mean that lawmakers don't get paid but since the actual bill hadn't printed by early Monday morning, it wasn't clear whether Cuomo would offer something that provides them with pay. The focus no longer is on getting a budget.
He cited Cuomo's recent assertions that this year's process has been complicated by the threat of reduced federal aid, thanks to GOP control of Congress and the White House.
Some lawmakers knocked the stalled talks, putting blame on Cuomo, who is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2020.
The contentious stalemate led Cuomo to issue a lengthy statement around midnight, saying legislative leaders have agreed extend the state's recently expired budget through May.
"I'm numb, not optimistic", said Republican Sen. But as of Monday, progress has remained slow. Real systemic reform must include representation at first court appearance, limits on the caseloads public defenders can carry, proper training, supervision, and support staff for attorneys as well as access to resources needed to mount an effective defense.
Members of the New York Republican Congressional delegation, including Representatives John Faso (NY-19), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), Tom Reed (NY-23), and Chris Collins (NY-27) responded today to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Medicaid-spending proposal. As the weekend drew to a close, Cuomo vowed to ask for an extender. With lobbyists still camped out in the halls of the state Capitol, no budget bills had been voted on. "Whether it becomes a part of the final budget or not I don't know at this point".
Districts have to finalize their budgets by April 24.
An emergency extender will keep state-funded institutions and services running by keeping the state's cash flows at the levels they've been at for the past year.