Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Monday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s op-ed story calling the state’s budget practice a “sham” was the result of Cuomo realizing he would have to spend more money than he thought, reports Gannett’s Jacob Fischler.
“In the end result, he is going to wind up spending more money then was spent last year even though he has said there will be a cut,” Silver told reporters today. “There are serious gaps to close and I anticipate tomorrow the governor will do the difficult job that he is presented.”
Silver offered some words of encouragement as well.
“Numbers are in the eyes of the one who is supposed to close it,” he said. “In the end of the day, I assure you we will have a balanced budget.”
Senate Republicans are expected to vote on Cuomo’s proposed two percent property tax cap today as well. Silver said that he had not read the bill yet. The speaker did confirm though that some of his staff received the bill.
“I will introduce that bill today,” he said.