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Tick, Tock...State Budget deadline nears

By By EVAN WHITE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - I just over a week the 2009-2010 State Budget will need to be passed, but will it?

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle tell NEWSChannel 2 they expect a punctual budget but some are concerned that issues persist.

State Senator Joseph Griffo (R-47TH)said he expects the budget to be passed on -time because "it's the legislatures responsibility to do so."

That said, he's concerned about issues he considers unresolved mainly so-called "nuisance fees" such as beer and wine taxes and fees on health and other insurances."

As far as the budget process which is controlled on all sides by the democratic majority Griffo says it could have been handled better.

"The process has lacked openness, transparency and bipartisanship and there are serious challenges that remain."

Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito (D-116TH) had this to say regarding negotiations.

"We will be closing the deficit with the federal stimulus money, broad based revenue increases as well as deep cuts to programs that we all hold dear to our hearts."

Few details are being released about the budget itself, though a spokesperson for the Division of the Budget tells a balanced budget will be passed on-time.

The spokesperson later added that republicans have been invited to several leaders meetings and have attended.

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