From the Times Union:
The state Senate on Tuesday called on Gov. David Paterson to abandon his proposal to potentially delay state tax refunds to alleviate the current fiscal crisis. The resolution, proposed by Senate Conference Leader John Sampson, D-Brooklyn, passed by a unanimous vote.
"This is the taxpayers' money, not the governor's," Sampson said in a statement.
Senate Republicans complained the chamber could go much further than merely expressing its displeasure. Sen. George Winner, R-Elmira, spoke in support of his proposed law that would require the state Department of Taxation and Finance to process refunds within a 30-day period, or explain why it has not. Winner's bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Westchester Democrat Richard Brodsky, who was in the Senate chamber for the debate.