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(New York Times) — Both houses of the State Legislature passed budgets on Tuesday that rejected crucial provisions of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s overhaul of Medicaid and restored hundreds of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to education, drawing sharp battle lines with the governor two weeks before the deadline to pass a spending plan.  The Democratic-controlled Assembly also proposed extending a temporary state tax surcharge on annual income over $1 million, signaling its intent to advance a proposal that Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, and the Republican-controlled Senate oppose.  The Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, called the tax surcharge a “priority” for his members and said the Senate should “look at it and take it seriously.”  “We are taking the state’s spending problem seriously and making significant cuts,” said Mr. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat. “But we can’t lose a generation of children in our schools, and we have to give them the resources in order to educate them to be able to compete in this global economy.”

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