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A sign the early budget is on track
Here’s another sign that lawmakers are trying to set a record for an early state budget: they were set to launch budget “conference committees” Tuesday.
Conference committees are Assembly-Senate panels that are charged with resolving house differences on various budget topics, such as taxes, education and health care.
There’s also a “general conference committee” – called the “Mother Ship” in the halls of the State Capitol – headed by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). That panel was slated to convene late Tuesday, keeping lawmakers on track with a budget-adoption schedule released earlier this year.
According to that schedule, rank-and-file lawmakers should finish enacting a budget by March 22, 10 days before the April 1 deadline.