Raia Joins Assembly Minority to Unveil Budget Reforms, Countdown Clock
January 30, 2006
Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-Northport) joined his Assembly minority colleagues at a press conference in Albany today to unveil the Assembly minority budget reform proposal and the budget countdown clock.
Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-East Northport) today joined his Assembly minority colleagues and education and municipal officials to call for permanent state budget reforms while unveiling a budget countdown clock. “We are proud of the reforms enacted last year, but getting the budget completed by the April 1 deadline is something that should happen every year,” said Raia. “We feel there are further reforms that need to be made to the budget process.” Assembly minority-sponsored budget process reforms include:
- Require the state comptroller intervene with a binding revenue estimate if a consensus is not reached by legislators by March 10
- Convene budget conference committees by March 15
- Increase the Tax Stabilization Reserve Fund
- Provide a plain-language summary of the budget 48 hours prior to a vote
- Enact the previous year’s budget no later than 72 hours after the start of a new fiscal year if no budget is in place
- Prohibit consideration of non-budget bills after April 1 until adoption of a budget
- Require two-year education funding plans
- Prohibit legislative recesses until a late budget is approved.