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The new state budget has been in place for nearly a week, but little attention has been paid to many of the items that are in it.  A government reform group says that’s by design.

  As soon as the state spending plan was passed, Governor Cuomo made the most of two items that have received the greatest public attention, a graduated increase in the state’s minimum wage, and a future paid family leave program, to take full effect in several years.

The budget passed on a Friday night. By Monday morning Cuomo was at a political rally touting his successes.

Cuomo says "Parameters" of Budget Agreed Upon

Mar 29, 2016
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative leaders say they hope to have final agreements on the state budget by Tuesday evening, could possibly print bills into the night, and  begin voting on Thursday.  But by Tuesday afternoon they were still working on reaching final agreements.  

  Cuomo says he and legislative leaders have decided what issues will be included in the budget, like minimum wage and paid family leave, but he says key details are not yet finalized.

  A budget watch dog group is giving Governor 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 some significant costs to New York City.

The Citizens Budget Commission analyzed Governor Cuomo’s budget plan, and gives him high marks for controlling spending, says the group’s Tammy Gamerman.

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Governor Cuomo released his State of the State message and $143 billion budget spending plan, including $1 billion more  for schools next year , and ethics reforms.

Cuomo saved his plans for education and ethics reform for his speech, after already rolling out a massive infrastructure project that he says will make the late Governor Nelson Rockefeller “jealous”, calling for a statewide $15 minimum wage, and numerous other proposals.

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  Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a framework budget agreement late Sunday night and say they hope to work out remaining details and begin passing bills today to meet the midnight Tuesday deadline.

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Syracuse Area State Senator John DeFrancisco says controversial take it or leave it reforms within Governor Cuomo's proposed budget could make it the first late budget in four years. DeFrancisco chairs the Senate's Finance Committee, and says while they're willing to compromise, many are balking at proposed ethics and education reforms tied to critical funding.

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Syracuse was one of 20 locations statewide Friday where members of Governor Cuomo’s cabinet delivered the his state of the state message and budget agenda.  Commissioner of the state’s department of civil service Jerry Boone made his presentation at the SUNY Educational Opportunity Center.    He echoed much of Cuomo’s message on education reform, including some staggering numbers about failing schools.  He says average statewide graduation rate is just over 76%; but it’s only around 47% in failing schools…

SUNY EOC Director  Penix applauds the governor’s efforts to improve graduation rates.  Still, he says they’re ready to serve as a pipeline for graduates and drop-outs who need workforce or college readiness.

Commissioner Boone says the governor takes pride in sharp rise in the hiring of minority and women owned businesses over the past few years…from 10 percent in 2010 to 25 percent in 2014…

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Schools hoping for more state aid could see a boost in funding from New York State compared to recent years.  Governor Cuomo told The Capitol Pressroom’s Susan Arbetter that education aid in the 2014 budget could increase four percent.  He adds that working out what’s fair for each city and school system is the job of the state legislature: