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In a letter to state agencies, Cuomo's Budget Director Robert Megna told state agencies to assume zero growth in their budget proposals for the next two years. The letter also indicates that there won't be an increase in state aid to localities for two years.
The spending freeze does not apply to health care and education aid, which Cuomo and the state legislature have already pledged to increase by as much as 4 percent for the coming fiscal year. The state faces a $982 million deficit in the 2013-14 budget.