Cuomo, Legislature strike on-time NY budget deal

(AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's top legislative leaders say they've agreed on their second straight on-time budget. The $132.5 billion

ALBANY - (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's top legislative leaders say they've agreed on their second straight on-time budget. The $132.5 billion budget would increase spending by 2 percent while expanding economic development and jobs programs and providing some protections for the poorest New Yorkers and immigrants. The 2012-13 spending plan is due by midnight Sunday. Voting on the plan is expected to begin Wednesday. The agreements with the Democratic Assembly speaker and Republican Senate leader include a 10 percent increase in the welfare grant in June. The Democratic governor wanted to delay half of the increase because of the state's slow economic recovery. Cuomo says the cornerstone of the deal is his "New York Works" program, which is aimed at creating jobs statewide through public-private partnerships.

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