Governor Kathy Hochul will unveil her first-ever proposed state budget Tuesday, but we don’t know if it will include money for a new Buffalo Bills stadium.
When asked if Tuesday’s address will include financing details for a new stadium, a Hochul spokesperson would say only “negotiations remain ongoing.” Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula had hoped to have a deal with the state done by December 31, there’s still time for details to be ironed out during budget negotiations with the legislature. By law, the new state budget must be passed by April 1.
The Buffalo News reports state lawmakers are unhappy with being kept in the dark on the progress of talks between the Bills, Erie County and the Hochul administration. Assemblyman Ed Ra, a Nassau County Republican who is the ranking minority party member on the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, the chief fiscal committee of the 150-member house, believes it would be a misstep for Hochul, for instance, to put a major subsidy package for a Bills stadium into the post-budget amendment process.
The state enters this year’s budget in season in strong fiscal shape, thanks to better than expected sales tax receipts and pandemic aid from the federal government.
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