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Lawmakers wait on higher authority dollar decisions

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – The term of the day? Table targets.

Those are the amounts of money the different legislative conference committees are to be given by legislative leaders to work with in their task of restoring or shifting money around in the 2013 state budget being negotiated at the Capitol. [The dollar amounts are quite small when taken in context of the overall budget.]

The good news is the Senate and Assembly conference committees began meeting this afternoon – another sign the sides are serious about getting a budget deal done by next week before the religious holiday period begins.

The bad news is the panels have yet to get their table target numbers – leaving little for the sides to negotiate.

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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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