New York state budget negotiations stretched into the weekend as legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo worked Saturday to resolve differences over school funding, teacher evaluations and a minimum wage hike before the new fiscal year begins.
Cuomo told reporters he’s optimistic lawmakers will agree to his top priorities: greater disclosure of lawmakers’ outside income and education proposals, including revised teacher evaluations that put greater emphasis on student test performance.
“On the Assembly side, I would say the main issue is working through education,” Cuomo said. “On the Senate side, the main issue is working through ethics.”
The talks are expected to continue into Sunday. Lawmakers hope to strike a deal in time for votes on the agreement Monday or Tuesday. The new fiscal year begins Wednesday.