By Tom Precious
ALBANY – The Legislature’s top Republican said his colleagues are still committed to blocking efforts to give college tuition aid to children of illegal immigrants and to raise taxes on wealthy people in New York City to help pay for a pre-kindergarten program.
Still, said Sen. Dean Skelos, a Long Island Republican who is co-leader of the Senate, the differences should not result in a late budget. “I don’t think it’s anything insurmountable that we can’t have an early budget again," Skelos said Wednesday.
Skelos said Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet agreed to take out from his budget plan a measure to permit taxpayer funding of political campaigns in New York. “That’s still being discussed," Skelos said, reiterating the opposition to the plan by Senate Republicans.
Skelos, in an interview with three reporters in his Capitol office suite, also said he sees the budget containing new money to expand pre-K programs in school districts “as long as it’s a reasonable amount." He did not elaborate.
Skelos said he also sees the debate over the state’s Common Core educational program a measure being debated on the Assembly floor most of the afternoon, not being resolved in the budget, but being dealt with later in the session.
Skelos said the Senate’s budget will include differences from plans proposed by Cuomo; he said, for instance, Senate Republicans want a tax cut for manufacturers to be applied statewide and not just upstate as Cuomo proposed.
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