NEW YORK, March 23 Lawmakers in New York state's
assembly will not vote on the state's budget for the upcoming
fiscal year on Sunday as scheduled, likely delaying it until
later in the week, a spokesman for the assembly said on
The delay means the vote on the $135 billion budget, for
fiscal year 2013-2014, will now likely go ahead on Thursday
during a session scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. The
spokesperson did not say why the vote was delayed.
Legislative leaders agreed on a budget proposal on Wednesday
but it needs to passed by both the assembly and the state
senate. The senate will go ahead and vote on at least part of
the budget in a session due to start at 3 p.m. Sunday, a
spokesperson for the senate said.
The budget needs to be passed before the start of the
state's fiscal year on April 1 but religious holidays in the
coming week make its passage more complicated.
New York state governor Andrew Cuomo had been pushing for
the budget to be passed this weekend. That, he said, would have
made it the earliest since 1976. Providing it is passed before
the deadline, it will be the third consecutive on-time budget in
a state known for regularly overshooting.
The deal clinched Wednesday night after days of closed-door
meetings raises the minimum wage, gives tax breaks to
middle-class families and businesses, and extends a tax on high