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Tough choices as NY budget talks hit home stretch

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature are making tough choices as they try to get a spending plan in place by an April 1 deadline.

Posted: Mar. 24, 2019 6:30 AM
Updated: Mar. 24, 2019 7:16 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature are making tough choices as they try to get a spending plan in place by an April 1 deadline. A proposal for Manhattan congestion pricing to fund the city's ailing transit system is still alive in the negotiations, as is one to make permanent a 2 percent cap on local property tax increases.

Getting a proposal in the budget increases the chances it will become a reality but not always.

Pulled from the state budget talks: legalizing, regulating and taxing recreational marijuana.

But that issue could still be ironed out in separate legislation before the Assembly and Senate are set to end their 2019 session on June 19.

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