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.
“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.
“This strong budget reform plan that my minority colleagues and I have proposed would ensure we pass an on-time budget each and every year,” concluded Raia.