After much partisan debate, State Senate OKs budget

Liz Krueger

April 04, 2009

By Tom Precious

This year’s state budget received final approval Friday in the State Senate but only after overcoming a week of partisan wrangling, an ailing senator whose hospital visits shut down the Senate and even a lost suit jacket that kept a senator off the chamber’s floor.

The $131.8 billion spending plan, including more than $8 billion in new revenue-raising ideas imposed on residents and businesses, came three days late amid a nasty debate in the Senate that was as much about the spending plan as next year’s elections.

Senate Minority Leader Dean G. Skelos, a Rockville Centre Republican, called the fiscal process a “sham” resulting in a bloated budget that will hurt New Yorkers in the recession.

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