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New York State Budget Talks Collapse; Some State Senators Leave Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- New York state budget talks collapsed late Wednesday after members of the state Senate left Albany.

Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan said he will call his members back when and if there is a deal with Assembly Democrats and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo had said a short time earlier that he would keep negotiating on a budget as long as lawmakers stayed in Albany. The budget is now five days late.

He said disagreements remained over an affordable housing tax credit for New York City developers and a proposal to end a policy of automatically prosecuting and incarcerating 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults.

Members of the Senate and Assembly said earlier Wednesday they hoped to strike a deal on the $152 billion spending plan this week. Lawmakers will not get paid until they pass the budget, which was due by Saturday.

But Lawmakers and Cuomo couldn't agree on issues to pass a budget in time.

Earlier this week, lawmakers authorized a two-month budget extension that Cuomo said will keep government functioning if lawmakers cannot reach a deal soon.

Cuomo introduced his $152 billion budget proposal in January. The proposal would keep the status quo when it comes to taxes, add $1 billion in new public education spending and include expanded child care tax credits and a new initiative making state college tuition free for students from families earning $125,000 or less annually.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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