ALBANY— Even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks about tax cuts and surpluses, potential state budget challenges loom on the horizon.
Cuomo's budget plan claims the state can rack up a $2 billion surplus by 2017 as long as the governor and state lawmakers agree to keep spending growth under 2 percent over that time.
There are several big-ticket financial challenges in the years ahead as the governor and the Legislature make those future budgets.
Statewide universal prekindergarten could eventually cost roughly $1.6 billion a year.
Cuomo also proposed a broad range of tax cuts, freezes and repeals. The costs for the coming fiscal year would be $657 million, but they would more than triple the next year to $2.1 billion.