New York State lawmakers are expected to leave Albany for their holiday break this week. That means the state's budget will most likely miss the April 1 deadline. The latest budget proposals from the two houses of the legislature are $1 billion apart.
Legislative leaders were scheduled to meet privately last night. But the only firm plan is for the Senate to give final legislative approval of an emergency spending plan today, then leave Albany.
Governor Paterson has proposed an emergency bare bones spending bill to keep the government running for two more weeks. In interviews yesterday, the governor used religious themes to urge lawmakers to honor the Jewish and Christian traditions of self-sacrifice to make tough budget decisions.