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Questions Persist As NYS Nears Budget Deal

Mar 27, 2016

ALBANY (AP) Likely within days, New Yorkers will find out whether the minimum wage is going up.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to enact a $15 wage is one of several issues to be decided as the Democratic governor and state lawmakers seek to work out a state budget deal before an April 1 deadline.

Other items include funding for roads and bridges and competing tax plans from the Assembly and Senate. The Democratic-led Assembly wants to raise taxes on millionaires while cutting them for other tax payers; the Republican-controlled Senate is pushing a much bigger middle class tax plan.

The budget is expected to contain a plan for allowing workers to take paid time off to care for a sick relative or new child.

Ethics reform, however, won't be included.

WXXI Capitol Bureau Reporter Karen DeWitt will cover the last minute negotiations and eventual announcement of the new state budget. Listen to her coverage on AM 1370, FM 88.5, and online at wxxinews.org