New York avoids government shutdown

Posted at 9:28 AM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 09:28:45-04
New York state will avoid a government shutdown after lawmakers approved a two-month stopgap spending plan.
The short-term budget passed Monday was introduced by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he and lawmakers failed to reach agreement on a one-year budget.
The budget was supposed to be approved before Saturday, when a new fiscal year began. But negotiations over the more than $150 billion spending plan bogged down over juvenile justice reform, education spending and an affordable housing tax credit for New York City.
Lawmakers won't get paid until they pass a budget. Cuomo's short-term spending plan runs through May 31, though lawmakers hope to strike a deal on a long-term budget sooner than that.