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Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats this week will detail their plans for the state budget due April 1. But conflict has already begun. So far they refuse to introduce Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget amendments, which is necessary for them to be part of negotiations.
Cuomo’s amendments would force his ethics package on lawmakers and tie the Tuition Assistance Program for college students to the Dream Act, which would provide college aid for students who came to America as children without documentation, and to the education tax credit for nonpublic schools. Assembly Democrats love the Dream Act and hate the education tax credit — the opposite of Senate Republicans. But both want TAP; Cuomo is counting on it.