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Gov. Cuomo, NY lawmakers aim for state budget deal by Friday

March 29, 2016 Associated Press
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, is pictured with Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), left, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), in January, before he delivered his State of the State address and executive budget proposal at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. AP Photo/Mike Groll, File

Time is ticking on a budget deal as state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempt to find compromise on the minimum wage, a paid family leave proposal and other key items in the massive spending blueprint.

Lawmakers hope to have a new budget in place by Friday, when the new fiscal year begins.

The biggest issues to be decided include Cuomo’s plan to phase-in a $15 minimum wage as well as the Democratic governor’s plan to establish a paid family leave program for workers who need to care for a sick loved-one or new child.

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Compromises on the wage question include a slower phase-in and a lesser figure for upstate. Cuomo wanted a $15 wage by the end of 2018 in New York City and by 2021 elsewhere.


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