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Assembly, Senate budget plans due

Budget negotiations are expected to get serious at the state Capitol this week, with the spending plan due at the end of the month.

The Senate and Assembly are due to put out their one house budget resolutions Wednesday, the first step toward reaching a final deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

There are a number of unresolved issues, including how to pay for and structure a plan to provide universal pre-kindergarten to New York’s four-year-olds, and a multi-step plan proposed by Cuomo to freeze property taxes has faced skepticism.   

The governor is also seeking an ethics reform package that would crack down on bribery and allow public financing of political campaigns.

Despite the outstanding differences, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he does not think that any issue will cause the budget to be late.  

“I think everybody in the legislature, both sides of the aisle in both houses, are committed to a timely budget,” Silver said.

The fiscal year ends on March 31.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.