Defending the Budget Deal

ALBANY—Legislative leaders just defended the budget deal they’ve agreed on, acknowledging its many shortcomings at a Red Room press conference, but saying they were justified, due to the unprecedented level of the deficit and tough times.
That includes the closed-door process that produced the budget, something Republicans and open-government advocates have both criticized.
“I know there are people who have talked about the process of this budget,” Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith said. “You have difficult times that require some different approaches.”
“I want to make it very clear: in no uncertain terms—is everybody happy with this process? I can’t say yes,” he continued.

Defending the Budget Deal