State Legislature to vote on budget

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Updated: 3/31 2:18 pm

ALBANY N.Y. -The New York State Legislature is expected to vote on the $140 billion dollar budget Monday morning. One of the big items to vote on is money for public schools.

Assemblyman John McDonald says if the budget is passed, two of the biggest districts in the area, Albany and Troy will be getting extra help this year. McDonald says Albany City School District will see an 11-percent increase in state aid and Troy will be getting more than seven percent.

Other big items dealing with education are funding for charter schools and $340 million for full day pre-kindergarten.

"School districts are very pleased that there's been an increase in hone last several days but in the same token they aren't receiving the amount in the 2008 period, so some are still in a very depressed way," said Senator Neil Breslin, D-44th District.

Another hot debated budget topic will be changes in the implementation of the Common Core learning standards in English and math. If this is changed, it will keep test scores off the transcripts of students in third through eighth grades until 2018.

"Common core is great. It's a terrific program but teachers need time to teach teachers to apply common core and get students ready for it. Hopefully this budget will go a long way to correct that," explained Breslin.

Homeowners who live in jurisdictions that meet the two percent tax cap and consolidate services to save money may receive tax rebates. There is a plan for $1.5 million in homeowner property tax relief in the budget.

The legislature is expected to vote on the $140 billion budget starting at 9 a.m. on Monday. Last year's vote took 13 hours.

Check back with NEWS10 ABC for further updates on the budget.

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