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Albany Hopes for On-Time Budget

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New York states 2011-2012 budget is due at the start of the fiscal year, April 1. Today in Albany, one-house budget bills will be introduced and although legislators say their budgets are similar to the budget Gov. Cuomo presented in February, a few differences remain.

The Assembly proposed a budget resolution that continues a tax on millionaires. Both the Assembly and the Senate restored $700 million of the cuts to education, including money for SUNY state aid. Both houses would cut more than $50 million in funding for the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control program.

Speaker of the House, Sheldon Silver says he's confident that the budget will be ready on time.

-Sarah P. Reynolds