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Budget deadline extended a fifth time

Apr 25, 2023 12:52 am

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that state lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul approved a fifth temporary stopgap budget measure on April 24, as the state budget is now almost four weeks late. The new deadline extender lasts through April 28. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was optimistic though, saying, "I think we're getting closer.... There are still a few things that have to be worked out. But hopefully the end is near." The environment, climate change, charter schools, and cannabis issues still need to resolved, according to sources close to the negotiations. Governors like to put many issues in the budget to control negotiations rather than just deciding, yes, or no, about whatever legislation passes. Hochul's proposal to build much-needed housing throughout the state has been already been abandoned in the talks with the legislative leaders. Republicans have been critical of the budget's delay. Local Assemblyperson Chris Tague, who represents Greene and Schoharie counties, said, "If I was back in the private sector, the last person I would hire to negotiate deals would be Gov. Hochul." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.

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