ALBANY — The New York state Senate and Assembly have both endorsed competing budget recommendations, a key step toward passage of a final state spending plan.

The GOP-led Senate and Democrat-controlled Assembly both debated and passed their state budget bills Wednesday. Those proposals are the basis of negotiations between legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who unveiled his $168 billion spending plan in January.

The Senate's $168 billion budget plan includes some new initiatives intended to improve school security. The Assembly's $170 billion plan sets aside more money for transportation. including New York City's subway system, and includes higher income taxes on millionaires.

The Senate plan would spend about $26 billion on education, compared to $27 billion in the Assembly proposal.
Lawmakers and Cuomo face an April 1 budget deadline.