ALBANY, N.Y. – New York lawmakers complain that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is linking too many big policy discussions like the Dream Act and education reforms to the state budget.
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Cuomo has regularly used the budget as leverage to encourage the Legislature to support measures that might be less likely to pass a separate vote. His $142 billion proposal includes a minimum wage increase, enhanced teacher evaluations and the Dream Act, which would extend financial aid to students in the country illegally.
Cuomo also wants to include a legislative ethics overhaul.
While those issues may have clear links to state spending, many lawmakers say that they deserve stand-alone votes and that the governor is forcing them to make a take-it-or-leave-it decision.
Cuomo says the budget process provides the best leverage to advance good policy.