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Assembly Plans Mid-Year Budget Hearings

By Associated Press

Albany, NY – The state Assembly is joining the Senate Monday in resuming their time-honored tradition of holding public hearings on the governor's proposed state budget.

But Assembly members say they plan to hold a second round of budget hearings midway through the fiscal year.

The Democrat-controlled Assembly say it's frustrated by what it sees as the Pataki administration's failure to enact legislative initiatives in the budget.

Assembly members say the second budget hearings will allow lawmakers to follow up with the Pataki administration about what progress is being made in implementing their pet programs.

Aides to Pataki and the Republican-controlled Senate say the Assembly should worry more about passing an on-time budget by April 1st.

The state has not had an on-time budget for the past 20 years.