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State budget talks come to a key negotiating point

Apr 11, 2018
Originally published on March 31, 2018 6:14 am

Budget tensions are coming to a head at the State Capitol, as lawmakers pressed for time due to the beginning of the spring holidays, are offering ultimatums in order to get the spending plan done.

On Friday, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced he’s agreed with Governor Cuomo to send up the budget as is.

He says 99 percent is agreed to by all sides. It’s essentially a take it or leave it measure to the Senate. Heastie says if the government shuts down, it’s going to be the Senate’s fault.

The budget is held up over the lone Democratic Senator who sits with the Republicans, Senator Simcha Felder.

He wants religious yeshiva schools to be exempt from state curriculum rules. No word from the Senate yet on how they’re going to react.

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