ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) — The budget battle continues in New York as the state Legislature gets ready to return to session Tuesday. The budget was originally due April 1.

Buffalo Democrat William Stachowski has withheld his vote since late June. He’s hoping to force action on Gov. David Paterson’s proposal to empower the public universities to grow, in part by giving them control over how much to increase tuition. 

A deal with Paterson remained elusive Monday. 

There does, however, appear to be a deal to remove a new tax from the budget bills already approved. The tax was to hit wealthy hedge fund managers. But officials now fear it would drive them and their big pay checks to Connecticut. 

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