- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Latest on the New York state budget negotiations (all times local):

2 p.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he and legislative leaders have reached a general agreement to include a minimum wage increase and a provision for paid family leave in the budget now under negotiation.

On his proposal to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15, Cuomo says Tuesday the talks are now focused on “how much, when, and where.”

He had proposed phasing the increase in on different schedules in New York City and upstate, but compromises have been on the table because of concerns in the Republican-controlled Senate. The increase has had strong backing from organized labor and opposition from business, including farmers and small business.

He says details of paid family leave are also still being worked out.

The new state fiscal year begins Friday.

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1 p.m.

Time is ticking on a budget deal as New York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo look for compromise on the minimum wage, paid family leave and other key items in the massive spending plan.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan emerged from a closed-door meeting with Cuomo Tuesday and told reporters they are closing in on an agreement, though there’s still no deal on Cuomo’s plan to phase-in a $15 minimum wage. Republicans have suggested a lower number or a slower phase-in for upstate New York.

Flanagan said he’s optimistic the budget will contain record investments in education and a fair division of transportation funding between upstate and downstate.

A plan to extend paid family leave to workers is also expected to be included.

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6 a.m.

Time is ticking on a budget deal as state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempt to find compromise on the minimum wage, a paid family leave proposal and other key items in the massive spending blueprint.

Lawmakers hope to have a new budget in place by Friday, when the new fiscal year begins.

The biggest issues to be decided include Cuomo’s plan to phase-in a $15 minimum wage as well as the Democratic governor’s plan to establish a paid family leave program for workers who need to care for a sick loved-one or new child.

Compromises on the wage question include a slower phase-in and a lesser figure for upstate. Cuomo wanted a $15 wage by the end of 2018 in New York City and by 2021 elsewhere.

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