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A.M. Roundup: Cuomo puts kibosh on possible pork barrel funding

Good morning. “Where do you see yourself in 12 years?” If you asked Tom DiNapoli that question in 2007, he might’ve said “as the lieutenant governor.” Although he flirted with the idea, DiNapoli ended up the state’s comptroller – and he has no plans leaving the post.

DiNapoli joined the Capitol Confidential Podcast to discuss his interesting journey and the makings of a state comptroller. (TU)

Start your Monday the right way – and crank up the pod!

Lawmakers passed the state budget last month, and given how particularly tight this year’s budget was following an unexpected shortfall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cut $44 million in additional funding for lawmakers that would have been used to fund their pet projects in their districts. (TU)

A number of criminal justice reforms were passed by state lawmakers in the state budget – but some of them were left unfunded, leaving local law enforcement agencies and district attorneys with questions of how the changes will impact them financially. (TU)

When Democrats took control of the state Legislature, they vowed to not forget about upstate. Now that some time has passed, here’s a reflection on how their words were supported (and unsupported) by the measures lawmakers passed in the state budget. (Buffalo News)

Even with the power they’ve gained, state Democrats haven’t always gotten along – and now, perhaps even more than when Republicans had the majority, the party is divided within its base. (WSJ)

Assembly Democrats blocked a passage of good government reforms and a measure that would provide free college tuition for the children of New York military personnel who die performing their official duties – a measure that Cuomo supported. (TU)

It didn’t take Trump long to respond to the Assembly Democrats who blocked additional tuition assistance for children of deceased veterans. (NYP)

A new study suggests that the expected increase in school employee health care costs will easily outstrip inflation and the amount of state aid increases that districts are getting. (TU)

For a party that’s seemingly becoming more “progressive,” upstate Democrats still aren’t sure about passing a bill that would allow undocumented people to receive driver’s licenses. (TU)

The state is restarting its search for a firm to design the $750 million Wadsworth Center in Albany. (TU)

Albany International Airport is growing – and over the course of five years, its passenger boardings have increased the most among upstate airports. (TU)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently wrote off Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional support as “like five people.” (DN)

Trump is reportedly considering the idea of moving immigrants to sanctuary cities, such as Albany. (DN)

After changing its abortion law, New York is joining a coalition of 21 states in denouncing a Mississippi law that would make it illegal for doctors to perform abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. (DN)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has raised $3 million since launching her presidential bid. Right now, Gillibrand is behind in the polls – and she’ll have another candidate, Pete Buttigieg, impeding her way to the nomination. (Politico/AP)

And finally, a good news palate cleanser: Local high school student Madison VanDenburg has been crushing it on “American Idol,” but she needs your help! In order to get through to the next round, she needs your vote – and polls are only open for a few more hours. (TU)

CapCon’s A.M. Roundup is compiled by Ben Mehic, Ben.Mehic@timesunion.com

Have a state-related news tip for the Times Union’s Capitol Bureau? Please contact Brendan J. Lyons, State Editor, at 518-454-5547 or Blyons@timesunion.com.

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