The budget may be completed, but there’s more work to do, said Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx.
The Senate tonight accomplished a goal its held all year: passing a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which began April 1.
The final piece of the spending plan was passed tonight by a 32-28 vote, a largely party-line tally.
Klein said everyone was breathing a sigh of relief over the passage of the budget measure tonight—a $1.75 million revenue bill. Still, he wants the Assembly to pass the property-tax cap that the Senate did tonight (he notes that this is the second time the Senate has passed such a measure).
“I think we still have some unfinished business,” he said. “We still need to do the property-tax cap, SUNY Empowerment.”
The empowerment measure was what held up the budget from being approved. Several Senate Democrats wouldn’t vote for the revenue bill until the measure had passed. Tonight, those two Democrats—Sen. Bill Stachowksi and Sen. Brian Foley—relented.
“I think they saw things moving in the right direction,” Klein said. “I thin we’re at a tentative agreement right now.”