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As the end of session looms, legislative hearing announced for May 13

May 11, 2020 6:00 am
Morgan McKay is reporting for State of Politics some state lawmakers will make the trip to Albany this week, either virtually or physically, for the first time since the budget was approved over a month ago. On May 13, a joint legislative hearing will be held to examine the impact of the coronavirus on the economy. With only 10 days left on the legislative calendar, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are saying it is time to go back. “It was time to go back even a while back. We have a big agenda in front of us,” state Senator Jim Tedisco said. “If you have a member that can not get their voice heard, it's not just their voice, but it's the 130,000 people they represent that are not getting heard,” Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh said. Lawmakers passed the state budget mostly remotely, and have the option to continue to conduct business in that way. Not only have COVID-19 related bills been introduced in the interim, Walsh says there are also district bills that need to get done. Tedisco says the legislature must prepare for a potential second wave of the virus and examine the state’s handling of issues such the economy and nursing homes. A revenue report will be released on May 15, by the state Comptroller’s office, providing officials with a better understanding of how deep of a financial hole the state is in. Due to a projected $10-$15 billion budget deficit, massive cuts are anticipated, but the Legislature does have the option to come back and make changes if the members choose to do so. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.