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Host of issues left out of the 2014-2015 NYS budget

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The budget may be finished, but some lawmakers are still talking about what might have been. Nick Reisman has more on what was left out of the 2014-2015 state budget.

ALBANY, N.Y. — The ink is still drying on the newly approved $138 billion budget, but already talk is turning to what didn't get included in the final spending plan approved late Monday night.

"It is not that we have accomplished everything. We have more to do. There's no doubt about that. There are pieces of legislation that we would have liked to pass that we did not pass," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York.

Left on the table are a host of contentious issues that could still be revisited later in the legislative session, including the legalization of medical marijuana and the passage of the Dream Act, which would give public tuition assistance to the children of undocumented immigrants.

"We will continue to work for its enactment so that all of our young people wherever they were born will know their talents and their aspirations matter and our valued in the state of New York," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-New York.

For Cuomo's part, he says he will take a new look at the state's teacher evaluation law and the impact Common Core has had on classroom assessments. Cuomo had previously said he was opposed to any change to the law.

Cuomo said, "We have to deal with the issue of the effect of common core testing on teacher evaluations."

Cuomo says he will continue to push for a statewide public financing system as advocates and good-government groups say he shares some of the blame for the compromise in the budget that creates a public donor matching system for the comptroller's race only. But at the same time, Cuomo says the votes just aren't there.

"Public finance we have been fighting about for 30 years. This is the largest single advancement in public financing in 30 years," Cuomo went on to say.

And also Tuesday Cuomo's Republican rival, Rob Astorino, faulted the governor for a property tax rebate program didn't include any reduction in mandated state spending for local governments.

"It will continue to devastate local schools and towns and villages and counties and cities who are struggling under these unfunded mandates none of which were dealt with," said County Executive Astorino, R-Westchester County.

Democrats responded by noting that Republicans in both the Assembly and state Senate overwhelmingly supported the budget.

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