Start the presses! The first state budget bills started being printed Tuesday morning.
Copies of the Transportation and Economic Development bill and legislation authorizing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s commission on merging departments and agencies should be ready for viewing by Tuesday afternoon, said Kelly Cummings, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. UPDATE: They were just posted online - TED and mergers.
Though bill printing is a relatively routine matter, it shows some aspects of this budget have been worked out to every one’s satisfaction, and the Albany budget machine wheels are moving -- potentially toward an on-time budget (that would be Thursday* before midnight).
Of course, school aid formulas are not worked out yet. Legislative officials say a district-by-district breakdown won’t be ready until Wednesday, at the earliest. And lawmakers and the governor's staff are still negotiating how to create a fund to indemnify hospitals against the claims of parents of infants injured at birth.
*Correction: An earlier version of this post said a budget by Friday at midnight would represent an on-time budget. But I meant Thursday, March 31, at midnight.