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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.

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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.

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