NY lawmakers criticized for budget votes at night
Posted at: 03/27/2013 2:44 PM
By: Associated Press | WHEC.com
Good-government groups are slamming New York's legislature for what one senator called "vampire" voting because much of the new $135 billion budget is built on reviving taxes and the bills are being voted on in the dead of night.
The Assembly is preparing to give final legislative approval to the budget, likely during a nighttime session Thursday.
The Senate is finished after debating billions of dollars in public spending during a session that lasted until 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are praising the budget. They portray it as not increasing taxes and say the process shows state government is functioning.
The watchdog group Citizens Union says joint conference committees required by law to negotiate spending decisions in public were shown to be perfunctory and ultimately ignored.