ALBANY, NY (WENY) — Several state lawmakers said Thursday the New York state budget is going to be late leaving the possibility of a deadline of extension up in the air.
As first reported by New York Public Radio, the Governor said while the legislature will not be meeting their April 1 deadline, it’s more important to have a budget that achieves the right results.
And while some lawmakers agree with this premise, they also said the legislature should push to get a budget as close to on-time as possible.
“I think it’s also about confidence in state government. Confidence that the state government that you elected can function. That the trains can run on time so to speak, that things can get done,” said Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-62nd Senate District).
So far in their negotiations, lawmakers have discussed bail reform and the governor’s housing compact–two issues some lawmakers said are the reason for the budget’s delay.
Lawmakers have until Monday to pass an extender for the budget deadline. Some state leaders said an extender likely will not happen before Monday.
“It kinda gives the wrong impression, we want to try and negotiate and do something on-time and who knows maybe we can get to a budget by Monday,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Assembly District 83).