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Officials in New York State's court system are keeping a close eye on the fiscal cliff talks in Washington

If a deal is not put together before the Jan. 1 deadline, the nation’s court system faces a $500 million cut. For New York's already congested court system, that could lead to shorter hours of operation, longer case backlogs and potential worker furloughs.

Another concern regarding fiscal cliff talks involves milk.

Senator Chuck Schumer warns that the cost could double -- reaching $6 per gallon -- and dairy farmers could suffer if Washington does not reach an agreement.

Schumer says Congress must approve a temporary return of the Milk Income Loss program that expired in September to protect more than 5,400 dairy farmers in New York State. Other industries, Schumer says, that rely on milk like cheese and ice cream could climb in price, too.

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