No deals yet on NY state budget
March 30, 2017 07:23 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Top lawmakers say there's still no deal on a state budget for New York state as a key deadline approaches.
Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan and Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie conferred with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo behind closed doors Thursday morning. They had hoped to pass a budget before the new fiscal year begins Saturday but that looks unlikely as negotiations drag on.
Sticking points in the more than $150 billion spending plan include a Democratic proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility so 16- and 17-year-old offenders aren't prosecuted as adults. Alternatively, Republicans propose creating a "youth court" within the justice system for violent youthful offenders.
Lawmakers are also negotiating increases in school funding and tuition assistance and a proposal allowing Uber and Lyft to expand upstate.
Updated: March 30, 2017 07:23 PM
Created: March 30, 2017 05:42 AM
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