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Senate Dems complain, but mostly support budget bills

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Senate Democrats spent hours on the chamber floor debating and railing against the 2013 budget deal crafted, in part, by Senate Republicans and their five breakaway Democratic allies. But, when all was done, most Democrats ended up voting for the major budget bills.

Blame the way the budget is put together, one Senate Democrat, Michael Gianaris, noted during the early morning debate in the wee hours this morning. While there is, in the eyes of Senate Democrats, plenty of bad in the budget, it ends up being hard to vote against things like state aid for schools or funding for local governments contained in the bills that can total hundreds of pages apiece.

Thus, the votes on the last round of budget bills in the Senate:

* state operations: 56-3

* aid to localities: 51-9

* legislature and judiciary: 55-5

* mental hygiene: 34-26 (that's the one with the big cuts to developmentally disabled programs)

* education, labor and housing: 47-13

* revenue: 51-9

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Tom Precious

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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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