“Heads Up!” Furlough Plan Dominates Talk on Budget

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

“Motorists might face slightly longer lines at DMV offices, or at highway tolls,” Rick Karlin writes in the Albany Times Union, but Gov. Paterson’s plan for state workers to take a furlough day each week as budget negotiations drag on ” also appears to be designed to avoid major disruptions.”

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Lt. Gov. Weighs in on Budget Negotiations – “We’re Not Even Close”

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Speaking to several radio shows today, Governor David Paterson indicated that he plans to keep the recently announced furlough bill separate from the spending bill. This comes as concerns rose about the possibility that lumping the two together would result in a showdown with state legislators.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch spoke about the budget stalemate at an On/Off The Record breakfast hosted by The Capitol in Albany on Wednesday:

Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch said he saw little hope for a budget deal in the near future, painted a grim picture of school districts in crisis if no resolution is reached by the time the state is expected to run out of cash in June, and pushed back on the idea that there is any distance between him and Paterson on these issues.

“[Paterson’s] primary concern, as is mine, is that we’re several weeks into a new fiscal year and we’re not even close to an agreement,” Ravitch said.


More State Budget News

Ravitch on the Budget: ‘We’re Not Even Close’ (The Wall Street Journal)
Governor criticized over plan to cut business tax credits (The Business Review (Albany))

Assembly Leader: No Vote on Paterson’s Budget

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

New York state legislators are rejecting Gov. David Paterson’s demands and refusing to vote on his budget proposal, the Business Review reported today:

The state Assembly will not vote on Paterson’s budget today, said Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari (D-Cohoes). The Assembly will hold session today, and then adjourn until May 3, as scheduled.

When asked if Paterson’s demanded budget vote is dead on arrival, Canestrari replied: “Yes.”

Meanwhile, the governor said he planned to put his plan for state employees to take a one-day furlough into the next budget extension bill. “Implementing a temporary furlough of unioned non-essential employees would realize an immediate cash savings” of $30 million a day, the governor wrote in a memo accompanying his bill, “and should not jeopardize public health and safety.”

Amid the Albany stalemate, Paterson also outlined a plan to save $620 million.

More State Budget News

Paterson Raises the Prospect of Furloughs (The New York Times)

Budget Director Explains Furlough Plan (Albany Times Union)

Action Alert: Urge Legislature to Use Federal Funds to Restore Cuts to ATI and Re-Entry

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION AND RE-ENTRY SYSTEM IS ESSENTIAL TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAW REFORM

ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY, SAVE LIVES AND MONEY, STRENGTHEN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

MESSAGE TO LEGISLATORS:

Use available federal funds to restore cuts to Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) and reentry programs that reduce crime and the prison population and play an essential role in the successful implementation of Rockefeller drug law reform.

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“Heads Up!” More Budget Extenders, Little Progress

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

As reported by the Daily News today:

Today, the state Legislature will adopt a fourth budget extender that will keep government operating, but there’s little progress being reported toward a final spending plan that is now almost a month late.

Property tax relief is a mantra in Senate (Buffalo News)

What Are They Doing? (The New York Times)

A Better Chance (The New York Times)

Borrowing Our Way to Failure (Gov. Paterson op-ed in The New York Times)

City Budget News

At On/Off The Record Breakfast, Skyler’s Swansong (City Hall News)

“Heads Up!” You Expected a Budget by Now?

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

As the state closes out its third budgetless week, the news is dominated by lawsuits over delayed funding and questions about what the next set of emergency spending bills will yield:

New York education interest groups sue over delay in state aid (Albany Times Union)

Paterson may unfreeze some road funding (NY Daily News)

Governor’s Statement on 3rd Set of Emergency Spending Bills (Office of NYS Governor)

New York Lt. Governor Says State Budget Deficit Won’t be Solved by Washington (WGRZ)

City Budget News

Now, Some Good News About the City’s Budget (Gotham Gazette)

“Heads Up!” No Budget, but More Bad News

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment