Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants you to know: He is “hap, hap, happy” about the state’s soon-to-be-passed budget.
Unveiling his apparent fondness for A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” Cuomo cited the line from the reality show when he was asked how he feels about a budget that is expected to be passed on time this year.
“Hap, hap, happy,” Cuomo said Wednesday on “The Capitol Pressroom,” a public radio program. “There’s a new show, ‘Duck Dynasty.’ The man says ‘hap, hap, happy.’ I’m hap, hap, happy.’”
(Cuomo got it mostly right, apparently. A quick perusal of YouTube seems to suggest one one the show’s characters—Phil—often says he’s “happy, happy, happy.”)
Cuomo said the fact that the budget will be on time for a third year in a row—the Assembly will vote Thursday—is “irrefutable proof that the government is functioning.”
“Government is working,” Cuomo said. “It’s a smart, sound budget. I think it’s great.”
The Senate passed the $135 million budget in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, approving a spending plan that includes a hike in the minimum wage, a $1 billion bump in education funding and an extension of a higher income-tax rate on millionaires.
Cuomo, a Democrat, said he’s not taking the Assembly vote for granted, but said there’s a “9 out of 10” chance the Democrat-controlled chamber will approve the budget Thursday.
When asked about his post-budget priorities, Cuomo cited a few examples and no surprises: campaign-finance reform, a plan to place Las Vegas-style casinos and a 10-point women’s issues package, all of which were laid out in his State of the State address in January.