Editorial: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget challenge

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivers his New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivers his third State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. (Jan. 9, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveils his 2013-14 budget proposal on Tuesday in Albany, he has the challenge of balancing some of his most ambitious ideas since taking office two years ago against a difficult economic reality. The state is nearly $1 billion in the hole.

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On the education front, Cuomo wants longer school days, full-day pre-kindergarten for all students, and a so-called bar exam for teachers, which all come with hefty price tags. So do his worthwhile goals of building 14,000 units of affordable housing, igniting the economy -- including his bet on three casinos upstate -- and rebuilding infrastrucutre decimated by superstorm Sandy.

His ideas are grand and his push for "reality-based budgeting" is pragmatic. Now we'll see if the vision and the numbers add up.

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