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.