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At a pre-K program in New York City. Funding universal pre-Kindergarten for all of New York state's kids is one of the unresolved issues in this year's budget. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10485077@N06/3799027263/">edenpictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
At a pre-K program in New York City. Funding universal pre-Kindergarten for all of New York state's kids is one of the unresolved issues in this year's budget. Photo: edenpictures, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

What New Yorkers should expect from Senate and Assembly budgets

Budget negotiations are expected to get serious at the state Capitol this week, with the spending plan due at the end of the month. The Senate and Assembly are due to put out their budget resolutions on Wednesday, the first step toward reaching a final deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo later this month.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

There are a number of unresolved issues, including how to pay for and structure a plan to provide universal pre-Kindergarten to New York's four year olds; Cuomo's multi-step plan to freeze property taxes has faced skepticism; and the governor is also seeking an ethics reform package that would crack down on bribery and allow public financing of political campaigns.

Despite the outstanding differences , Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he does not think that any issue will cause the budget to be late.

"I think everybody in the legislature, both sides of the aisle, in both houses, are committed to a timely budget," Silver said.

The fiscal year ends on March 31.

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