Still No NYS Budget Deal, Despite Friday Goal
Friday, March 28, 2014
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 Friday.
Optimistic lawmakers had predicted a final accord on the budget by midday Friday, but were unable to achieve that goal.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said details on many issues have not been resolved. He denied that a final agreement on an ethics package and public campaign financing were the only major items now holding up the spending plan.
"There's language on education, there's language on UPK," Silver said. "They're all sticking points."
The budget will likely include $300 millions 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-12 schooling.
Cuomo and the leaders needed an agreement by the end of the day Friday in order to allow the bills to be available for the public for a three-day waiting period before a vote can be held.