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Pre-K funding fight leads to break in budget talks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Funding for pre-kindergarten programs has become a sticking point as New York's legislative leaders work to finalize a state budget.

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos emerged brusquely from closed door negotiations Friday morning to say that certain participants were concerned only about New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio when it comes to pre-K.

De Blasio wants to pay for citywide pre-K with a tax increase on the wealthy. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Senate Republicans both oppose the tax hike.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he's focused on the education of all the state's students and it's "unfortunate" if Shelos has a problem with that.