Capitol Watch: 2018 legislative agenda coming into focus

MGN Online

New York state lawmakers are predicting the return of several thorny debates in 2018. They include physician-assisted death, New York City transit improvements and a measure to loosen the statute of limitations on molestation to give victims more time to sue their abusers.

Lawmakers are also expected to contend with tough spending choices next year, thanks to a projected $4 billion budget deficit and the threat of additional federal spending cuts from Washington.

Transit advocates say lawmakers have no choice but to consider new ways to fund New York City's aging, stretched system. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is preparing a proposal for congestion pricing, the levying of an additional toll on motorists who enter the most densely populated parts of the city.

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