NY State Lawmakers Approve a Budget-Extender

A statue stands in front of the New York State Capitol building in Albany, New York, U.S., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Budget talks among New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders broke down on March 21, as senate co-leader Dean Skelos said

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State lawmakers in both houses have approved a budget extender which keeps New York's expired budget in force until the end of May and also avoids a government shutdown. 

The legislature failed to meet a midnight Friday night deadline to adopt a new state budget. 

The extender keeps the current budget spending plan in place, and will allow the state government to continue to operate, and will pay state employees.

By law, lawmakers will not get paid until a new budget is adopted.

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