New York Governor Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York

New York state lawmakers reach budget deal

New York Governor Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New YorkNew York state lawmakers agreed a budget plan late on Sunday night that includes much-debated reforms to the education system and ethics standards for lawmakers, state governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said in statement. Cuomo lauded new ethics measures which he describes as “putting in place the nation’s strongest and most comprehensive rules for disclosure of outside income by public officials.” Cuomo pushed ethics reform after the arrest of House speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges in January in a bid to address Albany’s tarnished image. New York has a very condensed budget window as it financial year ends on March 31 compared to May 31 for most other states. He has described New York as “leading the nation in education spending but lagging in results.” The budget also caps spending growth at 2 percent for a fifth year.

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