State Relations Update - Nov. 29, 2010
SPECIAL SESSION - The Governor has called for a extraordinary session of the Senate and Assembly for today at 3:00 pm. As of 4:15 pm, both the Assembly and Senate have convened special session and have recessed for individual party conferences. The proposed agenda was as follows:
In addition, aspects of the Governor's agenda called for an additional reduction of state support at the local assistance level including higher education (community colleges and CUNY). This would correspond to the October 2010 reduction imposed on the state operated campuses. While specifics are unknown at this time, it is anticipated that the potential reductions would be similar to those FMAP reductions enacted earlier this year - 2%.
However, at this time there is no legislation in draft form and nothing to review. There is also no agreement between the leaders that the deficit reduction plan has to be taken up now. Given the overarching political maneuvering of the Senate, Assembly, Governor and Governor-elect, it is unclear as to what will actually occur this evening, but most believe no action will be taken. If some accord is reached action could be possible tomorrow.
We will continue to monitor these events and keep you posted.