Budget Battle. Kathy Hochul is negotiating her first Budget with the Legislature. Her 216 Billion Dollar proposal is 10 Billion more than last years spending plan. The Senate has loftier ambitions, seeking an additional 9 Billion. The Governor is balancing expensive progressive programs against the need for fiscal responsibility. Advocates are working for rental vouchers and increased SUNY aid. The Business community counsels caution, concerned about enhanced state spending not reimbursed by the federal government. Hochul is getting her baptism of fire. She is under the gun to get the program in place by April 1st, the start of the new fiscal year. She is working with state pols and advocacy groups. So unlike the strong armed tactics of Cuomo who rammed spending plans in closed door late night sessions. Budget Battle. Hochul is behaving responsibly, unlike the authoritarian actions of her predecessor !!