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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders hope to finalize a state budget before a Friday deadline.

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Connecticut lawmakers passed a bill to close the state’s current $220 million budget gap on Tuesday. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both houses of the legislature.

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Advocates gathered at several Long Island Rail Road stations on Monday to pressure lawmakers to include a $15 minimum wage in the New York State budget. More than a dozen supporters, including Rachel Ackoff of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, held a press conference at the Hicksville train station.

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Lawmakers worked toward a budget deal on Monday as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated he’s making some concessions on the minimum wage.

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Connecticut lawmakers expect to vote on Tuesday on spending cuts to close the state’s $220 million budget gap. Governor Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) and state lawmakers met to discuss the bipartisan plan last week.