New York Proposal 1, State Budget Process Act (2005)

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New York Proposal 1, also known as the Budget Process Act was on the November 8, 2005 election ballot in New York as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

If Proposal 1 had been enacted, it would have changed the rules in the New York Constitution that govern how the state adopts its budget. Specifically, Proposal 1 would have:

  • Required the state to provide for a contingency budget if the Legislature does not act on the Governor's appropriation bills before the start of the fiscal year.
  • Placed limits on the amount of spending during any such contingency periods.
  • In contingency periods, eliminated the requirement that the Legislature act on the Governor's proposed appropriation bills, and instead authorized the Legislature to end the contingency period by adopting a multiple appropriation bill making changes to the contingency budget, subject to line item veto by the Governor.
  • Authorized the New York State Legislature, subject to veto by the Governor of New York, to modify the spending limits for future contingency budgets (except that such changes could not take effect until three years after enactment).
  • Set forth requirements for the operation of a fiscal stabilization reserve fund, from which money could be disbursed in a subsequent year. * * Required estimates and information provided by state departments to the Governor for use in preparing the budget to be available to the public.
  • Provided a date certain by which the Governor must submit a budget and appropriation bills to the Legislature.
  • Reduced the time the Governor has to make changes to the budget and appropriation bills submitted to the Legislature without the Legislature's consent from thirty days to twenty-one days.

Election results

Proposal 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,368,12065%
Yes 734,844 35%

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"The proposed amendment to Articles IV and VII of the Constitution would change the process for enactment of the state budget by (a) providing for a contingency budget if the Legislature does not act on the Governor's appropriation bills before the start of the fiscal year; (b) placing limits on the amount of spending during such contingency period; (c) once such contingency period begins, eliminating the requirement that the Legislature act on the Governor's proposed appropriation bills, and instead authorizing the Legislature to end the contingency period by adopting a multiple appropriation bill making changes to the contingency budget, subject to line item veto by the Governor; and (d) authorizing the Legislature, subject to veto by the Governor, to modify the spending limits for future contingency budgets, except that such changes cannot take effect until three years after enactment. The proposed amendment also sets forth certain requirements for the operation of a fiscal stabilization reserve fund, from which money could be disbursed in a subsequent year. It would require estimates and information provided by state departments to the Governor for use in preparing the budget to be available to the public. It would provide a date certain by which the Governor must submit a budget and appropriation bills to the Legislature. It would reduce the time the Governor has to make changes to the budget and appropriation bills submitted to the Legislature without the Legislature's consent from thirty days to twenty-one days. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?"

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