- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s Legislature is missing its deadline to pass the state budget.

Lengthy debate in the Senate by Republicans questioning the new Democratic majority’s understanding of the spending plan means most of the massive budget bills will be considered Wednesday. The deadline for an on-time budget is midnight Tuesday.

The Democrat-led Assembly was expected to pass its budget bills Tuesday night.

The spending plan is poised to be New York’s 23rd late budget in the past 25 years. It includes a near-record 8.7 percent increase in spending and $7 billion in new or higher taxes and fees.

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