Cuomo's first NY budget gets mixed reviews

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's first budget proposal is drawing mixed reviews, with business groups praising plans to reduce spending while health, education and public employees advocates denounced cuts and layoffs.

Heather Briccetti, acting president of the Business Council, says the budget ends overspending that has led to a loss of jobs and population.

William Van Slyke, spokesman for the Healthcare Association of New York State, says Cuomo's proposed cut to Medicaid of nearly $1
billion is "unprecedented" and will devastate some hospitals.

Kenneth Brynien, president of the Public Employees Federation, says the budget that could cut public sector jobs, would "cripple public services."

Environmental groups are pleased that funding for environmental
programs remains at current levels.

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