N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Proposes $137B State Budget; Increases School Aid

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The $137 billion state budget that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed Tuesday would increase spending about 2 percent without tax increases, but New Yorkers would feel some fee hikes.

Cuomo's budget proposal to the Legislature provides 4.4 percent more aid to schools and would fund his proposal to improve instruction, including longer school days and school years. State aid to municipalities outside New York City wouldn't increase at a time when many counties and smaller local governments outside New York City worry about insolvency amid rising costs and falling tax bases.

Cuomo proposes to suspend the driver's license of people with big, overdue tax bills. He also would make it harder to plea down some speeding charges to avoid bigger fines and insurance premium hikes. His measures, however, would include Saturday hours at some Department of Motor Vehicles offices.

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