Rensselaer, NY, Jul 01, 2010 — Still no budget for New York State. New York's Senate shelved its final budget bill hours before it was to be approved. Leaders apparently off further action until after the July 4 holiday - though there are reports the senators may re-convene this morning. (SEE UPDATE, GOV VS. SENATE, IN THE INBOX) Senators were expected to voting on the revenue side of the budget sometime after midnight last night. That would have put the final bit of this piecemeal budget in place - after three months of delays and disputes.
But that never happened.
Senate Democratic leader John Sampson said last night he now agrees with Gov. David Paterson that the state needs a contingency plan in case $1 billion in Medicaid funding - called F-MAP -- never comes from Washington.
Sampson denied that he pulled the revenue bill because as many as three Democrats threatened to vote against it. They've demanded action on a bill to give more autonomy to the public university colleges in their districts. Sampson said he hopes to continue negotiations on SUNY and CUNY empowerment issue, working with Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver. He said it's simply responsible governing.