In a phone interview from Albany on Wednesday, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, 132nd District) told 18 News he and other lawmakers are continuing to work to meet the April 1 budget deadline. However, there’s still issues keeping that from that from happening.
One of those key issues includes the age of criminal responsibility.
But Palmesano says he and other lawmakers are still working to increase state funding for local roads and highways, as well as allocating money to go toward making prisons safer.
If the April 1 deadline passes without an approved budget however, Palmesano says there’s measures in place to avoid a government shutdown.
“There’s certainly the use of budget extenders that have been done in the past while final details are rolled out,” Palmesano said. “And also the ‘bare bones’ budget has been discussed, and that would allow us to make sure the basic funding is being taken care of while other things are being discussed.”
While several issues remain and need to be ironed out by lawmakers, Palmesano said he and others in Albany should be able to pass the budget in time, as long as they work together.
“I think we’re on the right track but obviously every day is a challenge,” Palmensano said. “But I think we can get there if everyone wants to come to the table and wants to get the budget in on time and compromise.”