Morning Read, Upstate: Rich Tax Deal May Be Done, The Last 20th Debate

A budget called “the big ugly” progesses.
Sheldon Silver lines up behind a tax hike for New Yorkers earning more than $300,000.
The State Senate is pushing for $350,000, but the News reports “a source with knowledge of the talks said the Senate plan is “a nonstarter with the governor, and it’s a nonstarter with the speaker, so it’s not going anywhere.”
School aid will remain flat.
E.J. McMahon wonders why it took so long for the state to announce layoffs.
The M.T.A. warns its bond rating may go down unless Albany acts.

Morning Read, Upstate: Rich Tax Deal May Be Done, The Last 20th Debate