Republicans, Unhappy With the Budget, Just Don’t Show Up

ALBANY—Since it doesn't look like there's any way they can stop the budget they've decried from going through, State Senate

ALBANY—Since it doesn't look like there's any way they can stop the budget they've decried from going through, State Senate Republicans are making a gesture toward obstructionism.

Here's a photo of the half-empty chamber. As Liz points out, the Senate was supposed to convene at 9:30 this morning, and after Republicans didn't move from conference, Democrats started up anyway, passed a few resolutions—including one by Daniel Squadron honoring the late blogger Bob Guskind—and stood at ease around 11:30.

I found State Senator Dale Volker in the hallway outside the room where his fellow Republicans were conferencing (he seems to be lingering there purposefully) and he said they would go into session after they received detailed breakdowns of school aid.

Rather than develop compromise plans, the overall Republican strategy has been to sit back, vote "no" as a block, let the new Democratic majority do what it wants and complain about being excluded from the process.

That hasn't changed—though they may try to amend the budget—but at this point Republicans are making the midnight deadline to pass seven of the nine budget bills look pretty hard to meet.

Republicans, Unhappy With the Budget, Just Don’t Show Up