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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is looking to keep the state’s belt tight again next year.

   His budget director issued a memo to state agencies telling them to submit spending plans based on “zero growth.” A day later, the Democrat point a fine point on how he views next year.
  “They're lucky it's zero,” Cuomo said. “Zero is high to me."
  Cuomo has tried to craft an image as a fiscally conservative Democrat. In his first year, he pushed through New York’s first overall spending cut in 15 years.  [optional trim next sentence] Last year, he approved a modest increase.

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  Keeping agency spending flat won’t rile state legislators. The big test, yet to come, will be the governor’s proposal for school spending.