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Assembly starts hammering away at state budget

Capitol Correspondent Pat Bailey

ALBANY – The New York State Assembly is now in session debating the nine bills associated with the state’s budget.

Earlier this week the senate approved the budget bills, leaving the pressure on the assembly to get it done on time. The senate voted bill by bill as they were available finishing up at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The deadline for an on time budget is April 1st. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-New York City, says the members have had several days to look over the bills saying “they are no surprises”.

“I expect to have the budget passed today,” Silver said Thursday morning.

Some GOP assembly members say they will debate potions of the budget bills, particularly the cuts to the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities and the so called ”Fallon Tax Credit” which allows for tax breaks for new and pre-existing shows that relocate to New York.

“I like Jimmy Fallon, I think he is funny, but we should not be giving him tax credits,” said Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville.

There is no explanation for cutting funding for the disabled but giving tax credits “to Hollywood” said several republican assemblymen Thursday.

An administration official in the Governor’s office says the two are “separate issues," and that the film tax credit is a pre-existing benefit.

Assembly leaders say if voting is not done by 5:00 pm there will be a brief break for dinner and church services.

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