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NY budget would pay for longer school day, year

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By MICHAEL GORMLEY
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The tentative deal for a New York state budget will include expansion of pre-kindergarten in low-income schools, funding to extend the school day and year, and merit pay for top teachers.

The details are among those starting to surface after Wednesday night's announcement of a budget deal between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders. The Legislature is expected to approve the budget in coming days.

Other provisions released Thursday include a new marketing program to promote tourism, produce and other New York-made foods.

The $135 billion budget deal would also raise the minimum wage to $9, which some advocates for the poor say falls far short of the needs of the working poor.

The deal also includes $350 tax rebates in 2014 to middle class families with children.

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