Budget stalemate is largely over “bail reform” reforms
“Today the Legislature passed another budget extender to ensure that the hard-working New Yorkers who work for state government don’t have to suffer because of One-Party Rule’s late budget.
The biggest holdup? The Governor is standing her ground on one of many critically-needed changes to the disastrous bail law. The Legislature is resisting, which has led to this dangerous game of chicken among the ‘gang of three.’
This fiasco underscores my point that policy should not be in the budget, which is supposed to be a financial document. Instead, the budget has become a vehicle for controversial policy changes that could never survive a stand-alone vote. Schools, not-for-profits and everyone who relies on state funding for programs and services are hurt by these political maneuvers. This isn’t the leadership New Yorkers deserve.”