Governor Kathy Hochul and State Legislators have missed the deadline for an on-time state budget.
WXXI News reports the Senate and Assembly adjourned until Monday, when they say they will try again to reach an accord.
The next hard deadline for the budget to be in place is Monday afternoon. That’s when the state comptroller needs to process payroll for 62,000 employees who work at state-run hospitals, prisons and other institutional settings.
In a memo to state agencies, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli warned that if the budget is not completed by 4 p.m., it will delay the direct depositing of checks for the April 7 payday.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said she’s hopeful the budget can be in place by then.
The biggest sticking point has been whether to include revisions to bail reform in the budget and make other changes to the landmark 2019 criminal justice reform laws.
The Senate and Assembly did not include unrelated items like bail reform changes to their proposed spending plans.
And criticism continues over the deal struck Monday between Hochul and the owners of the Buffalo Bills football team. That agreement would require at least $850 million of state money. Some lawmakers and Hochul’s political opponents said it is too big a giveaway to the wealthy owners of a lucrative sports franchise.
Proposals including a gas tax holiday and allowing restaurants to serve to-go alcoholic drinks along with takeout food are still on the negotiating table.