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Lawmakers Set March 21 Goal For Passing Budget

Posted By Jon Campbell On January 31, 2013 @ 3:37 pm In Other | Comments Disabled

Assembly Democrats and the coalition of Republicans and Democrats controlling the state Senate say they want to pass a state budget by March 21.

Hitting their goal would give the state its earliest budget since 1983, according to Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County.

The state’s budget is due March 31, with the next fiscal year beginning the next day.

“This joint schedule demonstrates the legislature’s commitment to delivering another responsible and on-time state budget,” Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, said in a statement. “New Yorkers deserve nothing less.”

Under the conferences’ plan, the Senate and Assembly would pass their own one-house budget proposals on March 11. The same day, the so-called “mothership” hearings—a joint board of Senate and Assembly lawmakers that vet a final budget agreement—would begin.

Voting on the budget, under the lawmakers’ calendar, would then begin on March 18 and continue through March 21.

The calendar is condensed from what transpired over the past two years, when budgets were passed in the final two days of March. Prior to that, state budgets were notorious for their tardiness.

The compact schedule is partially out of necessity. The budget deadline falls on Easter Sunday this year, and lawmakers are supposed to take their spring recess the week of March 24.

You can see the full schedule after the jump.more->

February 27 Senate/Assembly Fiscal Committee Economic & Revenue Reports
Released
February 28 Joint Revenue Forecasting Conference
March 1 Revenue Consensus Report
March 11 Senate & Assembly budget actions
March 11 Joint Senate/Assembly budget conference committees commence
March 14 Final Report of Joint Conference Committee
March 18-21 Joint Legislative budget bills taken up by Senate & Assembly


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