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Legislative leaders working to finalize state budget

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- With a March 31 deadline looming, legislative leaders met with Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday to hammer out a deal on the state's budget -- their second meeting in five days.

When legislative leaders emerged NEWS10 asked them about what, if any, progress had been made.

"There's a lot of discussions about a lot of things. It's not our intention to be specific as to..." said Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (D) before Senator Dean Skelos (R)  spoke up, "I think what's about us all being together right now is that there's going to be differences that we're going to try to iron out."

The governor took questions after, reiterating that point, but he chose to do it was a dose of humor.

"If you're good at wiggling, there's always wiggle room. And I have learned to wiggle over the last two years," said Gov. Cuomo.

Legislative leaders say it's still too early to tell if raising the minimum wage would be part of a final deal. But they did tell NEWS10 it wasn't discussed in this latest meeting.

Despite that, Silver is moving forward, scheduling a vote Tuesday that would increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour. It is currently at $7.25.

"It's important to put out a minimum wage bill and to have something that is out there that is our position," said Silver.

The governor had called for raising the minimum wage to $8.75 in his executive budget. Monday he said it could be done outside of the budget, later in the session, saying that it was still too early to tell.

"Minimum wage, casinos, they're tricky. The numbers are tricky. All of these issues are difficult, it's a tough economy," said Gov. Cuomo.

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