State lawmakers expected to work through weekend to complete overdue budget
State lawmakers are expected to work through the weekend to complete the overdue budget.
Policy gridlock has left a lot of unknowns on big issues for the state.
Sticking points preventing the budget from being passed include proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility. Right now, New York is only one of two states where 16- and 17-year-olds are automatically tried as adults. News 12 has heard that this proposal could be pulled from the budget.
The future of ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft is also uncertain. Currently these services can only operate in the New York City area, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Senate support allowing them upstate. However, a proposal in the Assembly is trying to regulate them locally, which could give cities the opportunity to prohibit them.
Gov. Cuomo is also pushing for free state college tuition that would cover students from families that make $125,0000 or less per year.
Gov. Cuomo says he will put forth emergency legislation to extend the current budget if the Legislature does not reach an agreement by the conclusion of the weekend.