Working towards a midnight Tuesday deadline, New York lawmakers are working their way one-by-one through the numerous bills that make up New York's nearly $140 billion budget.
Each bill has to be approved by both the senate and the assembly. Each is debated and amendments have to be dealt with. In short, it's a slow process that began late Monday morning and will hopefully finish before midnight.
As of Monday evening, the property tax refund plan and business tax cuts proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo are approved. Education funding is approved including Pre-K education funding for New York's 4-year-olds.
Governor Cuomo's plan for state-funded college classes for prison inmates is out of the budget. A spokesman for the governor briefing reporters on background says the Cuomo Administration will turn to grants and non-profit agencies for support.