Lupardo Says Assembly Should Pass Budget After Midnight
3/28/2013 (Updated 10:45:17 PM)On Thursday night, the state budget continues heading toward final passage before the April 1st deadline.
From Albany, State Representative Donna Lupardo tells us that she expects Assembly passage of the $135 billion spending plan sometime after midnight.
The Senate approved the budget bills earlier this week. Lupardo says the biggest arguments over the budget on Thursday centered on cuts to agencies which help the developmentally disabled.
"I've already heard from a couple of my service agencies, Achieve in particular, who already started to make plans to cut programs," said Lupardo. "Initial thought by the Governor said there was wasteful spending at the administrative level at many of these agencies --that's certainly not the case in our community."
Something that hasn't been cut from the budget is more state aid to local school districts.
"Will it be enough? Certainly it's going to help the district get through," said Lupardo. "Many of them were on the verge of insolvency and I think this will help them retain some faculty and staff and help them with some important programs that parents, students didn't want to lose. Does it get us to where we need to be, probably not."
Broome County is getting $6 million more than the Governor originally proposed.
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