Armed with stimulus dollars and a tax increase, New York lawmakers agreed over the weekend on a $131.8 billion fiscal 2010 budget. Lawmakers will begin voting on the budget bills today, a day before the fiscal year begins.
Though the budget is $10.7 billion larger than the budget Gov. David Paterson proposed in December, state spending remains flat. Just last week the governor announced that the state's budget deficit had grown by $3.2 billion since the beginning of February to $16.2 billion for fiscal 2010.