2020 state budget

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When Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers approved the state budget this week, they slipped in a provision to permit public campaign financing for elections in future years. But critics say the plan was designed to weaken minor political parties, including the progressive Working Families Party which has a long running feud with Cuomo.    

NYS Budget Includes Bail Reform Rollback

Apr 2, 2020
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New York State lawmakers were finishing up the state budget Thursday, two days after the deadline.  One area of contention was making changes to the state’s bail reform laws. In the end, they compromised.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo says legalizing recreational marijuana is not going to be part of the state budget this year. Cuomo made his comments as the budget deadline approached with no agreement on how to close a $15 billion budget gap, caused by the fall out from the corona virus.


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There’s just one day to go until the state budget is due, the deadline is midnight March 31.  Lawmakers, facing a massive deficit, are meeting at the State Capitol, which is off limits to the public, as yet another legislator tests positive for the virus.


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Amid the COVID-19 news, it's almost easy to forget that the state budget is due in just one week.  State lawmakers say despite the corona virus outbreak, they intend to meet the deadline, and will use precautions to avoid meeting in large groups.  They face a daunting task of putting together a spending plan while a multi billion dollar deficit grows each day.


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The often lengthy state budget hearings began Monday at the Capitol , as legislators heard testimony on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s spending plan and how to close a $6 billion gap. The process however was assailed by both the left and the right.    


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Projects that impact Central New York made it into Governor Cuomo’s 2020 budget address Tuesday.   He teased some of them in his state of the state speech earlier in the month, but including them in his $178 billion budget proposal is a good sign they’ll be funded. 


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Governor Andrew Cuomo releases his state budget plan Tuesday afternoon, and he’s expected to detail how he will close a $6 billion budget gap. With resistance in the legislature to both new taxes and spending cuts, the governor may have to get creative to thread that needle.