With the adult-use marijuana bill signed last Wednesday (Chapter 92, L. 2021), the legislature and the Governor returned their focus to finalizing budget negotiations this week, nearly a week beyond the April 1 deadline.
Budget Deadline Missed, Cannabis Legalized
Spring made its annual appearance over the weekend and the final full week of March was busy as three-way budget negotiations crept forward toward next week’s deadline.
The eleventh week of the 2021 legislative session began with both houses dropping their one-house proposals over the weekend (March 6-7).
One-house proposals will likely be introduced over the weekend, establishing baseline positions on spending and associated policy proposals.
This week marks one year since COVID-19 was first diagnosed in New York State.
As the April 1 deadline to enact a New York State Budget agreement makes an appearance on the horizon, the legislature and the Governor worked through a couple of milestones this week, moving closer to the next phase of the negotiating process.
The legislature was not in this week, observing a scheduled winter break that included the annual Presidents Day observance.
February’s typical sprinkling of snow and frigid air did not slow down activity at the state capitol last week with the Governor expanding COVID vaccine eligibility, the announcement of increased federal vaccine allocations to the state, and reopening dining in NYC.
The first week of February is a wrap and with Punxsutawney Phil’s less than optimistic prediction for an early spring as a backdrop, we move into the third week of hearings on the Governor’s proposed budget