Budget Goes Into Overtime

"State Budget Officially Late," says WKTV this morning. Another broken promise! The Albany Democrats, despite their earlier optimism, could not get the votes in by midnight, so today they'll be back at it. One of the results of the wheeling and dealing is that wine won't be cleared for sale in supermarkets. But there may be new fees and surcharges on cab rides and car registrations and rentals. Press outlets continue to exert such pressure as they can by denouncing the tax provisions ("State officials can't seem to stop spending" -- Syracuse Post-Standard). But we expect the lawmakers are at this point impervious to outside influence -- well, other than the traditional kind.

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