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Karen Dewitt

  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.

Scott Willis / WAER

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.

Scott Willis / WAER News

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: