Cuomo proposes $133 billion budget, cuts in spending, 9,800 layoffs

By the Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes $133 billion budget; calls for cuts in spending, up to 9,800 layoffs.

A state official with knowledge of a private meeting between Cuomo and legislative leaders Monday night said Cuomo is considering cuts of 2 percent to 3 percent in school aid and in Medicaid, while proposing as many as 10,000 state layoffs.

A Cuomo official wouldn't comment.

The state official says Cuomo discussed the rare cuts as true reductions from current funding levels. Annual state school aid is about $21 billion while the Medicaid health care program for the poor and working poor costs more than $50 billion.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because discussion during the executive mansion meeting Monday night wasn't supposed to be released before Cuomo's budget address on Tuesday.

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