Budget talks collapse, leaving lawmakers frustrated
New York state budget talks have collapsed again, leaving many lawmakers headed home in frustration.
State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti just got back from Albany where budget talks have stalled. The Democrat is blaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
"There is still a difference between our view of the way the government should be run and the Republican view, but we're trying very hard to bridge that gap and it appears that every time we get to bridge the gap, the governor throws a monkey wrench into the works," he says.
Many state senators have become so frustrated with the negotiations that they left Albany, while many Assembly members are still there trying to work out the kinks.
Sticking points include education spending and a proposal to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.
It's the first time since the governor took office that a budget has not been passed on time, and lawmakers are not getting paid since it's late. Abinanti says that won't stop them from fighting for what they think is right.
"We are not going to give the governor everything that he wants just because he wants it. Even at our own personal sacrifice, we are going to keep pushing to do what's right for the people in the state of New York," he says.
For now, lawmakers passed a two-month budget extension to ensure vital government functions continue.