Cuomo, Legislature resume state budget talks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are returning to Albany to resume budget talks. The unusual Sunday meeting reflects the desire for an early or on-time deal ahead of Friday's budget deadline.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said Friday that the Legislature has restored $250 million of Cuomo's proposed cut to education. Cuomo proposed a $1.5 billion cut.

Cuomo's proposed budget would cut overall spending 2.7 percent. It totals more than $132 billion and addresses a $10 billion deficit.

The Democrat's first budget is also aimed at ending what he calls decades of overspending that he says is now unaffordable.

Legislative leaders are trying to ease the cuts, which could include thousands of layoffs and reduced aid to schools and social services.

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