This doesn’t bode well for an on-time budget.
At what was supposed to be a bipartisan, bicameral meeting in Albany just now to discuss the state budget, only Republicans showed up.
Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno said that his conference would work through the weekend with Democrats to reconcile differences in Medicaid spending, school aide and other budget issues.
If only everybody would come to the table.
One senator, Thomas Libous of the Southern tier said “the law is being broken,” because Democrats weren’t participating in the meeting.
Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco referred to it a “strike against openness and transparency.”
Ten days until deadline.
— Azi Paybarah