Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday agreed to a $175 billion budget on Sunday, which includes a new congestion pricing policy that would charge a fee to vehicles traveling south of 60th Street, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Revenue from the congestion toll — which is the first such policy in the country — will be used to help renovate the city's crumbling subway system. It's part of a broader push by state officials scrambling to manage the increased financial stress from the city's rapid growth.

The budget, which is the second largest in the country behind California's, also includes:

  • An overhaul of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees the city's subways and buses.
  • A ban on plastic bags.
  • An elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes.
  • A "mansion tax" that would reach up to 4.15% on the sale of properties worth $25 million or more.

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Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.