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(WITF) With talk swirling of possible spending freezes over the unbalanced state budget, counties are trying to figure out how they may be impacted.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's main economic development engine for New York no longer has a provision that requires participating businesses to report how many jobs they've created.

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As negotiations over New York’s budget drag on, groups across the state are clamoring for information so they can plan out the next year.  Those focused on worker’s compensation reform are used to the wait. 

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With the passage of a New York state budget “extender,” school districts are left in limbo.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will avoid a government shutdown after lawmakers approved a two-month stopgap spending plan. 

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Deals on some issues tied to the state budget are coming together as lawmakers rush to meet the budget deadline. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning that the state might not be able to add more money for schools this year because of uncertainties in Washington over federal funding.*

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders plan to meet all week, but no agreements are finalized yet on a state budget that’s due Friday. 

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Proponents of raising taxes on New York’s wealthiest say they have a new impetus to increase the state’s revenue — the continued bad news from Washington about deep federal cuts to health care and other areas.

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The Senate and Assembly will release their one-house budgets early this week, as the March 31 deadline for a new spending plan draws near. They’ve already given some hints as to what the plans will include.

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A leading budget watchdog group is accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of fudging the numbers in his state budget to appear to stay within his self-imposed 2 percent per-year spending cap.

Citizens Budget Commission began scrutinizing state and city budgets in New York during the Great Depression in the 1930s. They were listening when Cuomo repeatedly said that his latest budget plan keeps total spending below 2 percent for the seventh year in a row. Cuomo outlined the numbers during a budget briefing on Jan. 17.

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The leader of the Senate Republicans said he’s not happy with what he said is over $800 million in new taxes and fees tucked away in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new state budget. 

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One of the chief arguments over the state budget will be whether to renew an income tax surcharge on New York’s wealthiest. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget is not just facts and figures about what taxes to collect and how to spend them. Cuomo also has put unrelated changes into the spending plan — everything from allowing ride-hailing services to expand in the state to enacting ethics reforms. 

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Some state lawmakers are rejecting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to extend a tax on millionaires. Cuomo spent Tuesday rolling out his spending plan to individual groups of lawmakers in private briefings, then at night, released details to the public.

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There’s a framework for a deal on the state budget as the Thursday midnight deadline approaches, but it appears less likely that the deadline for passage will be met. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders had hoped to have final agreements on the state budget last night, but there's still no deal.

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Governor Cuomo and Legislative leaders say they hope to have final agreements on the state budget by this evening, and could possibly print bills tonight, to begin voting on Thursday. 

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When the New York budget is approved next week, it will likely not include a discount for frequent users of the New York State Thruway. The legislature has rejected Governor Cuomo’s plan to use some of the state’s surplus to subsidize tolls.

In Budget Speech, Wolf Describes Doomsday Scenario

Feb 9, 2016
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Pennsylvania's Democratic Governor, Tom Wolf, offered up some tough talk for the GOP-controlled state Legislature in his second budget address, scarcely mentioning the details of his proposed $33.3 billion plan. “

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is expected to deliver the second budget address of his term on Tuesday, and he isn’t sharing many details. “You’ll have to wait until Tuesday,” Wolf told reporters last week.

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A left-leaning think tank is out with its assessment of Governor Cuomo’s budget. They say there’s a lot to like and dislike about it. 

PA Budget Saga: Seven Months In And Feeling Fine

Feb 4, 2016
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Pennsylvanians may be fed up with the state budget impasse, but the people sitting at the negotiating table aren’t betraying any such disgust. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is set to give his budget proposal next week for the upcoming fiscal year – even as the current year’s spending is the subject of tense talks with the GOP-led Legislature.

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Tensions between upstate senators and the mayor of New York City were highlighted during a budget hearing on aid to local governments in Albany. Lawmakers questioned the mayor for over five hours on Tuesday.

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A budget watchdog group is giving Governor Andrew Cuomo a mixed grade on his budget proposals, saying he’s done a good job reigning in spending, but is making a mistake by shifting significant costs to New York City.

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The state Senate is lining up a plan to restore state prison funding vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf late last year, in an attempt to clean up some of the fallout from the state’s messy budget impasse, now in its seventh month.

PA House GOP Doesn't Admit To Budget Impasse

Jan 13, 2016
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The latest spat in Harrisburg’s budget back-and-forth is not about taxes or spending -- it’s about words.

More specifically, since Governor Tom Wolf has approved a partial spending plan, is the six-month budget impasse over?

State lawmakers are bracing for a dizzying prospect: planning the next fiscal year’s spending before the current year’s budget has been finalized.

Dates are set for Governor Tom Wolf’s February budget address and the legislative hearings that follow.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A decision could come as early as today from Governor Tom Wolf on whether he will put an end to the state's months-long budget stalemate.