It's the final piece of the state budget, a $1.5 billion revenue package. But with the senate on an indefinite recess, the already three month late budget continues to hang in the balance.
"What we really need to do is work in the future to lay out a financial plan - more than a one year financial plan - that controls fees, doesn't increase taxes. We need to be business friendly and resident friendly," said Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D) District 143.
Democratic Senator Bill Stachowski promising he'll vote down a budget if it doesn't include funds for the UB 2020 plan; a plan lawmakers say will be an important part of securing the economic future of our region.
Assemblyman Sam Hoyt on Stachowski's decision,
"It's affecting the entire state, this stalemate. But as a Western New Yorker I'm happy that he's doing it because if in fact Bill Stachowski succeeds, it will be a huge benefit to our economy and the future of Western New York."
The proposed budget lays out a $136 billion spending plan. Governor Paterson vetoing more than 6700 budget items amounting to $193 million. And while the assembly approved the proposed budget, the senate is still grappling with difficult decisions.
"It's not that we need to make excuses...the budget is late and it shouldn't be. We need to understand that the consequences of this are going to be bad for school kids, bad for people who use hospitals, bad for the environment, and we have to balance out those very difficult competing interests," said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D) District 92.