State lawmakers work through weekend after missing budget deadline
The New York state budget is officially overdue after lawmakers missed the midnight deadline overnight, but they say they'll work through the weekend to finalize a spending plan.
Lawmakers in Albany have been hammering out eleventh-hour agreements, but News 12 is told some sticking points remain.
Unresolved items include finalized totals for school aid, the pricetag 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.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an ultimatum to lawmakers this 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."
News 12's Doug Geed is in Albany and will have updates on the budget as they become available.