Deadline to state budget nears, lawmakers get to work

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The clock is ticking for the state budget and Friday is the deadline for a deal and there is still plenty of work to do.

Lawmakers return to the negotiating table Wednesday to hammer out spending plan.

Those two big talkers, a minimum wage increase and paid family leave are still in the works.

As of Tuesday, the governor said he and legislative leaders did reach some sort of an agreement to include both in his budget plan but said specifics still needed to be ironed out.

Opposition to the increase wants to see protection for farmers and small businesses.

They have also discussed setting a different minimum wage upstate than down in the city.

His $154 billion dollar budget is also expected to include record investments in education.

Again that deadline is Friday when the new fiscal year begins.

If it gets down to crunch time the governor can override the legislative process and it’s a somewhat controversial move.

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