"For the average person, when they have a deadline and they need to get something done, they are held accountable," said Berger, an Eden Republican, at the weekly Republican news conference.
House and Senate Democrats, who control both chambers, are engaged in tough negotiations over how to balance the budget when the state is facing a steep drop in revenue. Democrats agree on the need to raise up to $1 billion in new taxes to avoid what they say would be devastating cuts to education and social services. They don't agree on which taxes to raise.
Republicans say new taxes will hurt state residents and the economy and the state should cut its way out of the budget crisis.
On Monday, the Senate adopted its version of a stopgap measure that would give lawmakers more time to finalize a budget. The current temporary measure expires Wednesday.
Rep. Paul Stam, an Apex Republican and the House minority leader, says that's a good thing. While he said the state needs a budget and needs one quickly, every day that passes is another day that state residents don't have to pay new taxes.
"There's a silver lining to the dark cloud," Stam said.