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A.M. Roundup: Comptroller believes state budget ‘lacked transparency’

Good morning. You’ve made it over the hump and the sun is here to congratulate you. (TU)

Here’s your roundup!

The state budget was passed on time – but state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli believes the spending plan “lacked transparency in key ways.” (TU)

The Child Victims Act will allow childhood sex abuse survivors to sue their alleged abusers, but those who signed releases as part of a victims compensation program could miss out on their day in court. (TU)

Column: Chris Churchill read the 35 questions Cuomo posed to voters – so he came up with 35 questions for the governor. (TU)

New York Democrats want presidential candidates to campaign hard for the Empire State vote, so they’re holding the primaries more than two months after the race kicks off. (TU)

Regional Republicans who oppose giving undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses say they aren’t “anti-immigrant,” but rather it’s about preserving public safety. (TU)

A Colonie mother ended up in jail due to a “clerical error” on an arrest warrant that should have listed her ex-boyfriend. (TU)

Albany County wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes and vaping advocates aren’t happy. They rallied at Albany County Courthouse with a message that “vaping saves lives.” (TU)

The Citizens Budget Commission is keeping its eyes on 61 bills that would expand the state’s economic development portfolio. (TU)

The University at Albany is saying goodbye to plastic straws. (TU)

President Trump and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez agree on something – that the Veterans Administration is not broken. (DN)

Outbreaks in New York City have contributed to the worst year for measles in the U.S. in 25 years. (WSJ)

The planned Albany Skyway will get another $5 million from the state. (TU)

Column: President de Blasio? Why not? (C&S)

And finally, a good news palate cleanser: Local teen Madison VanDenburg has a 3 to 1 shot at winning “American Idol.” (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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