State budget agreement reached

— Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced an agreement on the 2012-2013 New York State Budget.

"For the second straight year, New York State has worked and created a balanced budget based on fiscal responsibility, job creation, government efficiency, and the premise that we must invest in our communities," Cuomo said. "The cornerstone of this budget is the New York Works program, a new and smarter strategy for putting New Yorkers back to work by rebuilding our aging infrastructure and helping put our state's economy back on track, just the way we have put our state government back on track. I commend Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Silver for working with us to achieve this historic early progress."

"By working together with Governor Cuomo and our colleagues in the Assembly, we have turned the corner in Albany, and for the second year in a row reached a Budget agreement that continues to protect taxpayers and help the private sector create jobs," Skelos said. "This agreement puts us in a position to deliver another early budget that controls spending and taxes, and builds on the bipartisan successes we achieved last year. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and continued partnership, and look forward to enacting a final budget that realizes many long-held Senate Republican priorities."

"Throughout this process, the Assembly’s focus has been on providing the resources necessary to protect our children, students, and our most vulnerable citizens," Silver said. "This budget includes much needed increases in education spending, including an increase in base aid for community colleges for the first time in five years, and vital restorations to programs that protect our state’s neediest citizens. By working together we have made real progress in continuing to rebuild New York’s economy and make the state work to deliver better services for its people. I thank Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Skelos for continuing to work together with us to make New York State a better place for all New Yorkers to live and work."

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