Business leaders are giving poor reviews to a tentative state budget that officials in Albany say is focused on economic growth.
The National Federation of Independent Business calls the budget deal a "regressive message to small business owners." It opposes the minimum-wage increase in the budget.
The Unshackle Upstate business group criticizes the budget for taking too long to phase out a big energy tax.
And the independent Citizens Budget Commission says extending a temporary income tax on millionaires a second time to pay for tax cuts is "shortsighted" and "politically expedient."
That tax will help pay for rebate checks in an election year.