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Budget deliberations begin in daylight -- no kidding

ALBANY -- The race is on. It doesn't have quite the intrigue of tonight's Mega Millions lottery drawing, but the question this morning in Albany is which house will complete passage of the 2012 budget first today?

The Assembly went into session just a minute ago and the Senate is due in at 10am.

Optimists in the Assembly say they could be done with the final components of the $132.6 billion spending plan by 2 or 3 this afternoon. Senate Republicans say they hope to wrap up around 3ish. As in afternoon. As in not pulling an all-nighter in this new period -- brief as it might be -- of transparency. Thank you NYS constitution and the three-day bill aging requirement.

-- Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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