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ALBANY -- The $138 billion state budget deal agreed to Saturday hits just about every New Yorker, sometimes in very personal ways.

The measures include:

-- A 2 percent cost-of-living increase for direct care workers for the disabled statewide. Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) has long pushed this measure, rejected in past years. It adds $13 million to these workers' salaries, for a total of $122 million.

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-- The first increase in the Tuition Assistance Program provided to hundreds of thousands of public and private college students each year. The needs-based TAP grants will be increased by $165, to a maximum award of $5,165.

-- A new $8 million scholarship fund for full tuition to top high school students who major in science, technology, engineering or math to attend public colleges in New York.

-- $33 million in child care subsidies introduced by the Assembly.