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New York governor faces deadline to release budget

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Posted at 4:43 AM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 07:16:03-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a Tuesday deadline to release a budget proposal expected to address a looming $6 billion deficit fueled by soaring Medicaid costs.

Advocacy groups from across the state are hoping for increased spending on schools, mental health programs, anti-poverty efforts, substance abuse prevention, environmental protection and infrastructure projects.

But the Democratic governor has warned of a tough budgetary season and says he won’t support new taxes to help close a budgetary gap.

His proposal will cover the next state budget, starting April 1.