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Capitol Watch: Budget, Uber and college tuition

March 19, 2017
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In this week's New York state government news, state budget talks heat up with decisions expected soon on college tuition assistance, upstate Uber and juvenile justice reform.

Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo hope to approve a new state spending plan by April 1.

The Republican-led Senate, Democrat-controlled Assembly and Democratic governor all agree broadly on increasing tuition help for students but each have their own proposals.

There are also disputes over Uber and Lyft's proposal to expand into cities like Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

Lastly, Cuomo and the Assembly are again calling for an end to the state's practice of prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Supporters say they're feeling optimistic this year after the Senate included language in its budget proposal indicating a willingness to consider the idea.



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