ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Last minute tension is heating up as the clock ticks for statelawmakers to pass a budget by Monday, or else.
Sunday's special session scheduled by Governor Paterson didn'tlast long. Lawmakers told News 4 that they had a lot of proposalsto look at, but the special session barely lasted five minutes.Some bills have already passed, but the controversial ones arebeing left to the last minute.
Wine sales in grocery stores: How likely are lawmakers to passthis controversial proposal?
Assemblyman Sam Hoyt said, "It's too early to say what's gonnabe included. I have not supported the concept of wine being sold ingrocery stores."
There's also talk of taxing sugary drinks and temporarily endingthe exemption on the state's four percent sales tax for clothes andshoes under $110.
Assemblyman Jack Quinn said, "I think the clothing will nothappen, only because I think it's such a huge boon to retailers inNew York City."
The issue of whether to legalize medical marijuana will also beon the table.
Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak said, "Medical marijuana. I don'tthink it's gonna happen."
So far, lawmakers have voted to reduce the amount of sulfurcontent in home heating oil. They've also imposed a ban on babybottles and pacifiers with BPA, a harmful organic compound inplastics. But the touchy issue is education. Both the Senate andthe Assembly have agreed to restore $600 million. Governor Patersonrestored only half, setting up a hot debate for Sunday night.
Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer said, "The bad news, I think fortaxpayers of western New York, is that from I've heard is he wantsto increase taxes."
"If there are new taxes in any proposed budget bill, I will bevoting no," said Hoyt.
"Even if the education money is in there, I said from the get-goand told my constituents I would not vote for borrowing and notvote for increases in taxes," added Quinn.
Budget talks will resume on Monday, when lawmakers will have tofinish the budget or face Governor Paterson's final emergencyspending bill.
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