Cuomo, Legislature eye 3rd straight on-time budget

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are meeting behind closed
doors to iron out details of the state's proposed $143 billion budget,
trying to finish it before it's due.
    
Negotiations between Cuomo and the leadership will take place Friday in Manhattan. Rank-and-file lawmakers are working out smaller funding allotments back in Albany.
    
A deal on the budget will need to be sealed by the weekend and voted on by March 21 because of a three-week vacation for the Legislature that includes Easter and Passover that begins March 25.
    
The budget is due by the April 1st start of the fiscal year.
    
If the deadline is met, it will be the third, consecutive on-time budget New York state has had since the 1980s when political fighting made most budgets late.

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