This doesn’t bode well for an on-time budget in Albany.
Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco has the answer:
“There’s a strike going on here at the capitol,” he said at a Republican-led budget hearing right now in Albany that is being boycotted by Democrats like the governor, Assembly Speaker and others.
“Speaker Silver is on strike against openness and transparency,” said Tedisco.
Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, who is leading the meeting, said his conference was willing to work through the weekend to settle the budget.
In other budget news, the labor-backed Working Families Party is bucking the governor’s proposals to reduce Medicaid spending.
— Azi Paybarah