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Budget deals s-l-o-w-l-y coming together at Capitol

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Democrats say they have a "conceptual'' deal to raise the state's current $7.25 minimum wage beginning Jan. 1. That means, in the Albany linkage world, there must be a "conceptual'' deal by Republicans for their main wish list: lowering personal income and small business taxes.

But a conceptual deal can still take some time to materialize in Albany, and lawmakers are now openly talking about the budget not getting done until Friday or maybe as late as next Monday. (For reporters covering the Capitol, using the term "conceptual'' offers a free pass in case the deals fall apart and so that we can then say the agreements were only conceptual or tentative.)

Senate Republicans this afternoon privately said the exact amounts of the tax cut package have not yet been conferenced behind closed doors by GOP lawmakers. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders met briefly this afternoon, but reported no deals.

"It's percolating,'' Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, said outside his office about 3 p.m. today.

Under the deal Democrats believe they have secured, the minimum wage would rise possibly to $8 next January and then to $9 in the third year of the phase-in period. It would not, as they had sought, be indexed annually to the inflation rate, and Republicans have lost out on their bid to exclude workers under the age of 20 in certain sectors; they wanted a "training wage'' for those employees out of fear, especially upstate, that employers would lay off workers if faced with a mandatory wage hike for workers.

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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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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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