- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says disagreement over his proposals to enact a $15 minimum wage and address government corruption make this year’s budget negotiations as difficult as any he’s been a part of as governor.

The Democrat told reporters Thursday that while crafting a state budget is always challenging, this year’s issues are particularly thorny.

The Senate’s Republican leaders have concerns about Cuomo’s plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage, saying they worry it could hurt small businesses.

Meanwhile, Cuomo concedes that his proposals to crack down on Albany corruption may have to wait until after the budget is completed.

Lawmakers hope to wrap up the budget by April 1.

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