March 21, 2013

Tentative NY budget deal touches rich and poor


ALBANY — New York's tentative $135 billion budget deal reached Wednesday includes provisions that would touch the working poor, middle-class families, millionaires, employers, and veterans looking for work.

The deal struck in closed-door sessions by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders will need to be approved by the full Senate and Assembly.

Also important is what was left out. That includes a $25 million "Dream Act" pushed by Latino lawmakers to provide state finance aid to young illegal aliens attending college. The budget also fails to reimburse New York City schools with $250 million they lost for failing to agree on a teacher evaluation system by a state mandated deadline.

Among the highlights of the 2013-14 budget deal are: