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New York State Budget Negotiations to Begin Next Week

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Budget hearings are taking place in Albany this week before negotiations are set to begin next week.

But, there could be a major roadblock to an on-time budget this year.

Governor Cuomo has said he will not agree to a budget unless the legislature passes his ethics reforms, which include disclosure by all public officials of the nature of each source of outside income excess of $1,000.

Republicans in the Senate and Assembly say they are open to negotiating a number of these reforms but feels the governor's stance could threaten an on-time budget.

"The Governor ran on an on-time budget. I think it's a precarious position that he's taken in this point in time given his promises to the people. But you never know. Things change on a daily basis sometimes in Albany," said Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R-122nd District).

"Don't shut down government. Let's hope that we can get a budget done on time. We have a full session through the end of June. I think ethics reform can be achieved, it's just a matter of whether the Governor is going to push hard to do it just in the budget," said State Senator Tom Libous (R-52nd District).

Libous says the Senate budget will call for the end of the gap elimination adjustment. That was enacted in 2009, taking money from schools to help the state close the budget gap it had at the time. The state budget is due on April 1st.