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Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany still stuck in budget talks as the week ends

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement, after the time for an expected announcement came and went today.

Optimistic lawmakers had predicted a final accord on the budget by midday Friday, but in the end, were unable to achieve that goal. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said details on many issues have not been resolved.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

“There’s language on education, there’ s language on UPK,” said Silver. “They’re all sticking points.” 

The budget will likely include $300 million dollars for pre kindergarten programs in New York City, and at least $40 million for programs in the rest of the state, as well as more money for k through 12 schooling.

Cuomo and the legislative leaders needed an agreement by the end of the day Friday in order to allow the bills to be available to the public for a three day waiting period before a vote can be held. 

The governor has the power to forgo that, by issuing an emergency message to permit bills to be voted on immediately.  Friday afternoon Silver said,  “I’m optimistic that we won’t need messages. But obviously the clock is ticking.”

If Cuomo issues the messages, then lawmakers have until Monday to decide on a final budget agreement and still meet the deadline by midnight March 31st.  

    

 

 

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