2021 state budget

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

Progressive democrats in the New York state legislature took a victory lap after passing a budget that achieves many of the groups’ long term goals, including a substantial increase in taxes on the wealthy and the fulfillment of a 15 year old court order to fully fund the schools.  Meanwhile,  Governor Andrew Cuomo, who's embroiled in several scandals, put the best face on items that did not go his way. 

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Six days after it was due, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State’s legislative leaders announced final agreement on $212 billion budget deal. The Senate and Assembly held a marathon session that was expected to last well into the night to approve the budget bills.


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With one week to go before the state budget deadline, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are at odds over key points of the spending plan, including whether to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations by $7 billion. Meanwhile, the Assembly Speaker is refuting a claim by Cuomo that the Speaker’s COVID -19 diagnosis might make the budget late.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo in his budget plan proposed imposing new higher income taxes on New York’s wealthiest residents if President Joe Biden and Congress do not come through with enough federal aid to close the state’s budget deficit. But, at the same time, he offered a contradictory message, saying it might hurt the state’s competiveness and cause the rich to flee the state.


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address, says the state’s fiscal future is dependent on how much aid it receives from Washington under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden and the Democratic led Congress. Cuomo is seeking $15 billion to plug two years of state budget gaps, and he’s threatening to sue if he doesn’t get it.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo is due to release his state budget plan this week, as the state confronts the largest budget deficit the governor has faced in his decade in office, much of it due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The state was already facing a $6 billion structural deficit when the fiscal year began last April, and Cuomo had been managing some of the shortfall by practicing some bookkeeping tricks, including delaying Medicaid payments due to health care providers for a few days at the end of the past two fiscal years so that they fell into the next fiscal year.