State lawmakers work through weekend after missing budget deadline

The first day of April is the first day of New York's new fiscal year, but lawmakers are still unable to reach an agreement on the new budget.



State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan told reporters Friday night that all sides were close to agreeing on a new state budget.



Lawmakers in Albany have been hammering out eleventh-hour agreements, but News 12 is told some sticking points remain.



Unresolved items include the price tag of a water quality protection plan, details of a free-tuition plan at SUNY schools for middle-class families, and a proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility in the state to 18, up from the current age of 16.



Another issue to be hammered out is how much aid Albany will give to local school districts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a billion dollar increase over last year.



Gov. Cuomo issued an ultimatum to lawmakers Saturday morning, stating, "If the Legislature does not reach agreement at the conclusion of the weekend, then I will put forth emergency legislation to extend the current budget."


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