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 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 - 5 percent in June and another 5 percent in October.

Cuomo says the cornerstone of the deal is his "New York Works" program, which is aimed at creating jobs statewide through public-private partnerships.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."