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ALBANY (AP) — Upstate Uber, increased tuition assistance and more money for schools are just a few of the items in the new state budget poised for passage in the New York Legislature. 

One of the new items in the New York state budget is money to help non-profit agencies give raises to employees who work with the disabled. Last month, the governor promised $55 million to help avoid an employment crisis is this sector. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House has passed a Republican budget proposal that includes no new taxes and makes deep, across-the-board cuts to Governor Tom Wolf's spending plan. The bill was only introduced two days ago and has been fast-tracked despite near-unanimous Democratic opposition. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A substantial part of the state legislature wants to reinstate laws that let prosecutors push for harsh, mandatory minimum prison sentences in certain crimes. But others--including the Governor Tom Wolf and his head of corrections--oppose such a move because they say it won't actually cut down on crime. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- In an unexpected move, House Republicans have introduced their own budget bill for the upcoming fiscal year. The $31.5 billion plan slashes about $800 million off the already-lean proposal Governor Tom Wolf pitched in February. It also gets rid of the billion dollars in new tax revenue Wolf used to balance his budget.

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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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HARRISBURG (WITF) -- Governor Tom Wolf says he doesn't agree with the state Auditor General's recent call for legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania as a way to help solve the commonwealth's fiscal woes. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale estimates Pennsylvania could raise $200 million from taxing recreational marijuana.

KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - President Donald Trump, a Republican, won Pennsylvania by a narrow margin of 68,000 votes. The state has about 900,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans.  

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ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a two-month extension of the last state budget to prevent a government shutdown after he and state lawmakers on Sunday failed to reach agreement on a new spending plan. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- For months, funding for Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation program has been one of the most contentious issues in Harrisburg. A bill moving through the legislature is now offering a potential compromise, but many--including the governor--have said it's not enough. 

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