- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’s excited about the $340 million for pre-kindergarten programs in the proposed state budget.

The pre-K funding in the budget agreement between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders includes $300 million for New York City and $40 million for the rest of the state.

De Blasio called it “an extraordinary and historic step forward for New York City.”

Details of the budget covering the fiscal year beginning Tuesday were contained in legislation filed late Friday. Lawmakers are expected to return Sunday to discuss the deal and vote Monday.

De Blasio had sought to pay for pre-K in the city through a tax on the wealthy.

He said he would reserve judgment on details of the budget that he has not yet seen.

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