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Legislators have completed the New York 2018-1919 spending plan less than 24 hours before the deadline of April 1, early Saturday morning.
The final document includes measures to protect New Yorkers from federal tax changes, far-reaching sexual harassment legislation, $ 26.7 billion for educational assistance, and $ 12 million for the city of Albany to close its budget deficit in 2018-19.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who described the spending plan as the most difficult, noted that the state has a budget deficit of $ 4.4 billion and that the recent tax reform limits the state and local tax deductions SALT.
The budget negotiations were plagued by the usual secret, closed negotiations that left most legislators out of the process until the bills are printed and put on their approval. A political stalemate in the GOP-led Senate and an earlier budget period – as March 30 was Good Friday and the beginning of the Passover – contributed to the dysfunction.
"Getting (the budget) quote-unquote early on was a Herculean task," Cuomo said.
Some of the more controversial policy issues in Cuomo's Agenda 2018-19 have been removed from the spending plan, including the Child Victims Act, which sets the statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse in childhood would submit complaints, the DREAM law, which would allow immigrants without valid papers to qualify for higher education programs, and early voting.
One of the provisions in the budget is the creation of an opioid According to Cuomo, the $ 100 million fund will be used to pay for prevention, treatment and recovery services for people involved in a substance abuse disorder that would not cost the manufacturers and distributors of opioids by consumers, according to a household summary.
That of Cuomo and Democrats in the Legislature in the wake of the massacre Parkland, Fla do not enter into the budget. A measure to segregate persons convicted of domestic violence – including misconduct – from the possession or acquisition of firearms was separated from the final spending plan, which quickly passed both houses.
The Budget Creates a Voluntary Pension Plan for Employees of Private Employers Who Do not Already Provides Benefit Plans, Provides $ 118 Million for the Second Phase of the Excelsior Scholarship and Places an Additional US $ 50 Million for Community Schools Available, a total of $ 200 million
While budget negotiations wore off late Thursday night and Friday morning, lawmakers were bogged down in an education bill by Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Fields, a Democrat with the Republican majority and a crucial 32. Voice is performed in the chamber, is driven forward.
"After months of hard work to draw up a spending plan for New Yorkers, the state budget is held by an unrelated non-budgetary claim in the state Senate," Assembly spokesman Carl Heastie. 02 / 11.html On Friday morning, he asked Felder and other stakeholders to identify the problem with the State Department of Education.
Other sensitive issues included the question of whether the state would approve the forthcoming sale of Fidelis Health Insurance to St Louis Centene Corp. for 3.75 billion dollars, and whether to levy a surcharge on the sale of opioid drugs. The Senate GOP conference opposed taxes, but agreed to the opioid sales charge, which is referred to in the documents as "a rating."
Typically, the final spending plan is decided by Cuomo and the leaders of both houses, the Senate Majority Leader, John Flanagan, R-Suffolk, and Heastie, D-Bronx. In recent years, Senator Jeff Klein, the leader of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, has participated in the talks.
According to the Senate, the Senate and Assembly succeeded in restoring and adding more than $ 13 million to agricultural programs totaling $ 54.4 million. The Senate said the budget also pledges to support environmental, veteran and health issues.
MP Phil Steck, D-Colonie, said that the adoption of the State Budget 2018-19 provides for the increase of founding aid for school districts in Albany and Schenectady counties, including: Niskayuna's $ 10.7 million, by 3 percent compared to the previous year; $ 11.95 million for the Northern Colony, up 3.1 percent; 97.55 million US dollars for Schenectady 3.29 percent and 16.2 million US dollars for Sud Colon, plus 1.9 percent.
Deputy Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, said he has developed the first nationwide first aid training program designed to help people interact with autism spectrum and related disorders. It includes $ 250,000 to fund the initiative in all parts of the state within the next 90 days.
Deputy Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, said he was pleased that the budget was repudiating the Governor's proposed change to the way the state pays land taxes, eliminating Adirondack and Catskill forever wild lands. An almost centuries-old system whereby the state pays taxes based on the values achieved by local assessors would have been replaced by a PILOT program (local payment).