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Cuomo pushes tax freeze as budget deadline nears

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is touting his property tax freeze as a priority in budget negotiations but is getting resistance from lawmakers opposing his plan.

Cuomo says lawmakers are feeling pressure to oppose the two-year property tax freeze that connects rebates for homeowners to local governments cutting expenses and sharing services.

Also Thursday, the Senate and Assembly announced they plan to add another $500 million to the governor's budget proposal, with almost half going to education.

Cuomo says spending is "the enemy of lowering taxes. So my priority is to push for a tax cut."

Leaders meetings are ongoing as the April 1 deadline for the $140 billion fiscal spending plan comes closer.

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