New York State Assembly

Assembly to give final OK to $135B NY budget

Mar 28, 2013
..::WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas::..

The New York state Assembly is set to begin final legislative approval of the $135 billion state budget.

The Assembly plans an early start Thursday and could finish voting by evening, although a late session and Friday session are still possible.

The Senate gave its approval to budget bills in an overnight session that ended at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The budget includes extending an income tax on millionaires that was to expire next year, an election year. It also continues for three years a big business tax on energy costs that had been set to expire this year.

Last week the New York State Assembly voted to impose a statewide moratorium on the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydrofracking, following reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo was considering lifting the current ban on the practice now in place.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck, Democrat of the 110th district, which includes Colonie, Niskayuna and part of Schenectady. Steck voted for the fracking moratorium, despite his district not being targeted for natural gas development.

The outcome of one Capital Region New York State Senate race could be the key to whether the Senate majority remains in the hands of Republicans, or flips to Democrats, giving Democrats full control of both legislative chambers and the governor’s office.

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