A Democratic plan to give municipal leaders more time to craft their budgets stalled Wednesday in the sharply divided state Senate after nearly two hours of vigorous debate.
Democrats said their bill would address longstanding complaints by local officials about the difficulty of passing a budget before knowing exactly how much state aid their community will receive. The bill would allow – but not mandate – municipalities to delay putting forth a spending plan until June 30.
"This should not be in any way a controversial issue,'' said Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney.
But that's exactly what it proved to be. Republicans were highly critical, questioned both...