This week, I discuss the role of the Joint Conference Committee Meetings in achieving an April 1st Budget. I also talk about some of the key issues in this year’s Budget process, including education, property taxes and mandate relief, and Medicaid.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced a General Budget Conference Committee meeting that took place on March 23, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) and his colleagues passed legislation (S.3164) yesterday to create “Recharge NY,” a program that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.
“This bill will provide businesses with a permanent solution for low-cost electricity. With a permanent solution in place, businesses will have the stability they need to make long-term plans for their businesses, and they will be able to create jobs,” said Senator DeFrancisco.
“The current Power for Jobs program requires businesses to receive extensions each year, which makes it impossible to plan for the future,” said Senator DeFrancisco.