‘Bad’ Budget Might Reform Drug Laws, Tax the Rich and Help the M.T.A. Or Not.

ALBANY—The State Senate lobby is mostly empty now, a stark contrast to most days when the legislature is in session.
It’s the eye of the budget hurricane.
Most Democrats are still here, since both Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Majority Leader Malcolm Smith have told their members to stick around if they want any input on the budget. But all who are here are meeting in conferences behind closed doors to hash out the details—which may be grim.
“It’s a baaad budget,” said State Senator Eric Schneiderman, ducking out of the meeting for a minute.

‘Bad’ Budget Might Reform Drug Laws, Tax the Rich and Help the M.T.A. Or Not.