Once again the Senate minority Democrats are grandstanding on the floor. Single-payer health care has 30 co-sponsors, including all members of the Independent Democratic Conference, and requires two more to pass. While this bill will benefit New Yorkers, without careful planning within the entirety of the budget it could have serious fiscal implications for our state and its taxpayers. It would also derail a progressive budget that includes Raise the Age, a $10 million immigrant legal fund and the continuation of the millionaire’s tax.
The LGBT memorial is an IDC priority which was included in our one-house that the entire minority Democratic conference voted against. This funding is included in this year’s budget and it’s absurd to use this tragedy as a talking point.
Not only were comments about Governor Cuomo leaked out from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, but also leaked out from the Heastie Camp is that the Democratic Assembly will be working with State Senate Democrats to either force the IDC members to align with the Mainline Senate Democrats or face challenges supported by Mainline Senate Democrats and the State Assembly Democrats.