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Legislative leaders optimistic about reaching budget deal

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Budget negotiations continue at the Capitol and the governor and legislative leaders say they're optimistic a deal will be reached by the deadline they promised -- March 21st.

The governor and legislative leaders met three times Thursday working on specifics, but declined to say what specifically could be holding things up. All have said it's a tough economic time, which makes things that much more difficult.

One of the more contentious issues is raising the minimum wage. Cuomo included it in his budget; the Assembly passed it last week, but the senate is more divided with Republicans expressing concern.

The governor says he'll meet with legislative leaders Friday in New York City and will provide updates.

The budget is due by the April 1 start of the fiscal year.

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