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Gov. Cuomo says budget reforms working

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, says his budget reforms from the last two years are working.

Cuomo unveiled a $137 billion state budget Tuesday. It would increase spending about 2 percent without tax increases.

In our region, the proposed budget would provide a 4.4 percent increase in education aid, but would level fund aid to local governments.

Cuomo delivered what he called a "straightforward and simple" spending plan, but also interjected a little humor.

"The 2013-14 budget gap is-- $13 billion. (pause) I'm sorry; they had the decimal point in the wrong place-- 1.3 billion. I wanted to see if you were paying attention," Cuomo said to laughter.

The $1.3 billion shortfall is less than 2 percent of projected revenues. Cuomo says without reforms enacted over the last two years, that deficit would have been $17 billion.

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