At a meeting with legislative leaders Wednesday, Governor David Paterson pledged to have a state budget passed by Monday, June 28 or said that he would put all the elements of the budget into emergency extender bills.
Both State Senate Conference Leader John Sampson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said that the full budget could be passed sooner than the governor's deadline.
"At a certain point, particularly where there are emergency situations involving where there are finance, somebody has to make a decision. Somebody has to be accountable, and that accountability will be in a budget deadline of June 28," said Paterson.
While Sampson said he hoped some borrowing could be negotiated, as Senate Democrats want to include property tax relief for homeowners in the upcoming budget, Paterson said borrowing is not an option as the state strives to close its $9.2 billion deficit.
"We would compound the problems that the Legislative and the [next] governor will face then, with unnecessary deficit financing, is just abhorrent to me and is really, in my opinion, antithetical to the process. So I will not sign a budget that has any deficit financing in it," said Paterson.
Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos approved of how Paterson's budget does not include additional borrowing, but said that Republican lawmakers have been shut out of the budget process.
About 60 percent of the state budget has been resolved, and the governor also sent the transportation, public safety and economic development budget bills to the state Legislature for an expected vote Wednesday.
Paterson is hoping to avoid including those matters in the emergency budget extenders that lawmakers have been passing to keep the state afloat week after week and to avoid a government shutdown.
The more contentious education cuts have yet to be resolved.
The state budget is now 11 weeks overdue.