For the last month-and-a-half, House Speaker Michael Madigan has repeated in his weekly press conferences a pledge to work "cooperatively and professionally" with Gov. Bruce Rauner to work out a compromise on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
Things were going fairly smoothly for Gov. Bruce Rauner as he met with lawmakers to sell his budget reforms. But things went off the rails when Rauner hosted the Senate Black Caucus, writes Rich Miller of Capitol Fax.
Back in December, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Democrats had concocted a "booby-trap budget" that would detonate just as he took office. He was right. But is Rauner setting another trap with a new pension reform plan he proposed last week? Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains.
The fight over the budget in Albany is impossible to explain, and even if I tried to do so, it would just make you feel terrible about New York's wretched politics. So let's stick to the question of selling wine in grocery stores.
Once again, the state has no budget. The problem? There's nobody to be afraid of. New York is not a place that operates on rational debate or planning. Power comes from two things: money and fear. Right now we don't have either.