NY passes a budget on time for 3rd time in a row

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By MICHAEL GORMLEY
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – With three days to spare, the state has adopted its third straight on-time budget, something that hasn't been done in 30 years.

State lawmakers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say the $135 billion budget passed late Thursday shows how well state government now functions.

Further proof, they say, is that the budget holds the spending increase to less than 2% for the third consecutive year. They call it a family-friendly, business-friendly, and middle-class friendly budget. It raises billions of dollars by extending two taxes that were due to expire.

Advocates are upset with cuts to cancer screenings for the uninsured and reductions in funding to care for the developmentally disabled.

The deadline for the budget is Sunday, the start of the new fiscal year.

Legislators have gone home for their break and the
Capitol is quiet, but the governor has already begun signing a few of the nine
bills that make up the budget.

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