Monday's budget showdown vote will pit the Governor against the Legislature's willingness to shutdown state operations...No contest..
They are trying to work out some compromises but the 32 Senate Dems will have to be kept on the reservation and that means upstate Dems like our own Darrel Aubertine can and should use every opportunity to exert their leverage.
In an example of Albany-speak, Sheldon Silver says dropping the exemption on sales tax for clothing is not an increase, but merely a suspension of what was a temporary thing in the first place...However getting rid of that exemption is at least a broad based increase compared to the 'hammer one industry' approach used on cigarettes.
Still on the table is wine in the supermarkets...No matter how you feel about it, a lot of small business people have been on the bubble for months wondering whether this bill will pass and threaten their survival.
And of course the sugar tax is still out their as well.....There are various little niche fees and other revenues being considered.
I am convinced it will be resolved by Mondays extender deadline...We are now on the 13th extender...That has to be lucky.
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