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How Many Ways Can You Say Something is Dead?

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“It’s off the table, that’s gone, it’s done, it’s dead, it’s not going to happen.”

That's Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on the proposed "millionaires tax," which he has pronounced dead in Albany during budget negotiations between the Senate and Assembly. Doth he protest too much?We'll know soon.

Following a private meeting with governor Cuomo, the leader of the State Senate also says he expects a “conceptual agreement” on the state budget by mid day Friday, one week before the March 31st deadline.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver , who was also at the meeting, remained tight lipped, saying only that he is “cautiously optimistic”.

-- Karen DeWitt