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NY budget passes; has taxi fee, opioid tax, harassment rules

Members of the state Senate and Assembly worked into the early morning hours Saturday to complete their work on the spending plan before a new fiscal year begins Sunday. (Photo: MGN)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Lawmakers in New York state have passed a new $168.3 billion state budget that includes surcharges on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy written following the (hash)MeToo movement.

Members of the state Senate and Assembly worked into the early morning hours Saturday to complete their work on the spending plan before a new fiscal year begins Sunday.

The budget includes $1 billion in new education spending, investments in water quality and money to fight Lyme disease.

It contains one notable new tax, a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors that will raise funds to combat addiction.

Lawmakers also inserted language to create a commission to examine whether members of the Senate and Assembly deserve a pay raise.

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