Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Looks budget-like, smells budget-like....not a budget

We know what Joe Bruno thinks:

"We have got a damn budget done...It’s a testament to the Legislature”

But not everyone really agrees with Joe since Joe's "budget" has a $1.7 billion hole in it. From the NY Times today:

"Would a budget that left such big issues to be sewn up later - particularly one being touted as the first budget to be passed on time in more than two decades - be a real budget at all?

Former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, who oversaw the passage of the last on-time budget in 1984, said he thought not.

He said a budget was only a budget if the governor and the Legislature agreed to the same spending levels and if the plan had no huge holes.

"It's not a real budget if, when the Legislature adopts it, they know there are a billion and more dollars they have to add to it to meet their important needs," Mr. Cuomo said. "It sounds to me like a Potemkin Village of a budget - it has the facade of a budget, it looks like a budget, but it's not a budget."