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New York State budget deliberations continue

Emily De Vito and WNYT Staff
Updated: April 01, 2020 12:57 PM
Created: April 01, 2020 05:29 AM

ALBANY-  Wednesday marks the first of the month, and for many people that means rent and mortgage payments are due, along with some bills.  

For thousands of New York State workers, they don’t know if they are going to get paid on Wednesday. This, as state lawmakers missed the deadline to pass an on-time state budget. 

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The New York State Senate and New York State Assembly adjourned early Wednesday morning, and there has been no word from the governor’s office or lawmakers as of 7 a.m. on Wednesday.    

Local Assemblyman John McDonald posted to his Facebook Tuesday night that just after 9 p.m. they had started deliberations on the first budget bill. 

Lawmakers were able to pass resolutions to let them vote virtually during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's the trouble with this budget - currently, lawmakers don’t know the size of the budget due to the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic over the last few weeks.  

Originally, Governor Cuomo had called for a $175 billion budget. At the time, there was a $6 billion budget gap. Now, Governor Cuomo said New York State is looking at a $15 billion budget gap due to the pandemic. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested lawmakers could pass a budget that slashes state spending for now and gives his administration authority to increase spending later, as federal aid arrives.

Lawmakers have spoken in support of this, but they do want some kind of say. 

When it comes to policy issues, Governor Cuomo said legalizing marijuana is likely off the table. He added that there is just not enough time to negotiate it. 

When it comes to bail reform adjustments, Governor Cuomo said that could be changed and lawmakers are still looking to make some adjustments to that. 

 Lawmakers are expected to resume deliberations at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. 


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