Spitzer and a (Possibly) Late Budget

Whose approval ratings would be hurt more if the state budget, which is due in 13 days, is late?

Not Governor Spitzers, said consultant Joseph Mercurio, who has worked with Democrats and Republicans.

“I don’t think it’ll have any impact,” he told me.

“I think there’s a lot of Conservative voters and Republican voters who think the state spends too much money. And a lot of Democratic voters who want reform.” Those issues matter more to those voters, Mercrurio said, than the timing of the budget.

“If he’s late with the budget, and he comes out with what he wanted in the budget, they’ll say ‘Good for him. and the legislature better come in next time with it.'”

“The late budget is a symptom of things being broken and this is a new guy trying to fix it. At the end of the Pataki era the budget was on time. But what kind of budget was it?”

— Azi Paybarah Spitzer and a (Possibly) Late Budget