Gov. Cuomo calls for major cuts in budget address

In his first budget address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) announced plans for major cuts across the board to try and close a $10 billion budget deficit.

The governor proposed layoffs of nearly 10,000 state workers if unions don't make necessary concessions and cutting state agency budgets by about 10 percent.

He also proposed making major cuts to education funding and the state's Medicaid program, including a 10-percent cut to SUNY and CUNY schools.

Also on the budget-chopping block is a reduction in the number of beds in prisons by about 3,000.

While the budget is not final, Cuomo said that he expects the budget to meet stiff resistance by lawmakers in Albany ahead of the budget deadline on April 1.

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