The Budget Clock Is Back!

ALBANY—Jim Tedisco is up to his usual tricks: yes, it's the budget-countdown clock.

The Assembly minority leader (and congressional candidate)  held a press conference this morning with several members to push for an timely budget—they're counting down to the April 1 deadline—and also asked for greater transparency in the budget process. 

In previous years, both the Assembly and Senate have passed one-house budgets, and differences between them were ironed out in conference committees. That's not looking too likely this year, even though several Assembly Democrats I've spoken to say they are frustrated that leadership appears to be straying from protocol.

(Sheldon Silver said a one-house budget is still possible.)

Tedisco said it's not even three men in a room at this point, but "three men on a phone call."

Assemblyman Jim Hayes, the ranking Republican on the Ways & Means Committee, said, "Taxpayers should be very afraid of the closed door budget process going on now." The Budget Clock Is Back!