Still No NYS Budget Deal, Despite Friday Goal

Friday, March 28, 2014

state capitol Capitol building in Albany (Karen DeWitt/WXXI)

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.


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Tax payer from Nueve York

Can someone investigate what the status is with the Challenge Grant? Winners were suppose to be announced in Sept. and when you call King Cuomo's office everyone is mum about the release of the $.

Mar. 29 2014 10:25 AM

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