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Capitol Watch: Budget wrangling already underway in Albany

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Posted at 4:16 AM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 04:16:31-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Capitol's second floor is bustling as the governor works on his budget proposal due in January.

The legislative session may be a season away, but lobbyists are already stalking the halls and pitching their funding priorities to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has broad power over the state's $175.5 billion spending plan.

One big issue this year will be Medicaid spending. New York had delayed paying a $1.7 billion bill until fiscal year 2020 to avoid breaking a spending cap.

Other looming issues include possibly legalizing recreational marijuana sales to adults, which Cuomo has called a priority for the next session.

Albany will also see a push to tax the wealthy from activists and newly elected lawmakers on the left who ran on tackling economic inequality.