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Albany: Casino, min-wage bills could be taken up after budget

With lawmakers intent on adopting a state budget by March 21, it’s quite possible they will remove some of the most contentious items from the discussion -- such as casinos and the minimum wage.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed raising the state’s minimum wage to $8.75 per hour. Republicans seemed open to compromise but now want to await possible action on the federal level.

Cuomo also proposed limiting new, non-Indian-run casinos to three upstate sites – even though last year he and lawmakers signaled support for up to seven around the state. This too could be postponed for a few weeks.

“Casinos we could certainly do in the budget or later in the session,” the governor said.

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