New York State Budget 2018

Tax Credits, flickr

New York state’s budget has been in place for just under two months, and already there are signs that tax revenues may be significantly lower than expected. Anticipated federal tax reductions later this year may be one of the reasons.

State lawmakers are due back at the Capitol Monday, following a two week break after they passed a budget that contained numerous other items, like free public college tuition for some middle class students and an expansion of ride hailing services. But what, if anything, do lawmakers still need to do before adjourning in June?

Did passage of the New York state budget signal the end of Albany’s legislative session for 2017, or will other matters, including ethics reform, get done before the lawmakers adjourn in June?

NYS Budget Includes Farm To Food Bank Bill

Apr 11, 2017
farm produce
US Department of Agriculture

After proponents tried for two years, a bill that gives tax credits to farmers who donate produce to food banks has made it to the final New York state budget.

Good Government, Reform Groups Size Up NYS Budget

Apr 10, 2017

Good government and reform groups are weighing in on the New York state budget that the Senate passed Sunday. The $153 billion budget includes a variety of policies, which some say is par for the course and others say is too much in the wrong place.

Two HV Lawmakers Weigh In On NYS Budget

Apr 10, 2017
Tax Credits/flickr

Nine days after the new fiscal year began, the New York Senate yesterday passed a $153 billion state budget. A few lawmakers in the Hudson Valley underscored important facets for their districts.

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaks to reporters on Sheldon Silver's sentencing.
Karen Dewitt

The speaker of the New York state Assembly says a deal may be close that could resolve the ongoing state budget impasse.

Carl Chipman, , supervisor of the town of Rochester in Ulster County
Karen DeWitt

Midnight Friday is not just the deadline for the New York state budget to be finished. It’s also the date for an $8 billion state bailout of some upstate nuclear power plants to begin. More than 80 local government leaders are making a last ditch effort to stop a plan that they say will cost electric utility ratepayers billions of dollars.

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy D- Albany
Karen DeWitt

With lawmakers in Albany preoccupied with getting the budget done by week’s end, groups have to get creative to gain attention. Supporters of spending for public defense for the poor came up with one way- a wheel of fortune style game staged right in the middle of the action.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning that New York might not be able to add more money for schools this year because of uncertainties in Washington over federal funding.

Several proposals in Washington right now including the changes to the Affordable Health Care Act, could mean multibillion dollar budget gaps for New York State. With the budget due in one week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders think that at the very least, they may have to come back later in the year to revise the spending plan.

Reverend Emily McNeill of the Labor Religion Coalition and other religious leaders lobbied for extension and expansion of the state's millionaires tax in the budget
Karen DeWitt

The next two weeks at the New York state Capitol are going to be very busy as lawmakers face the deadline for a new budget as several issues remain unresolved.

The state capitol in Albany.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The New York state Senate and Assembly will release their one house budgets early next week, as the March 31 deadline for a new spending plan draws near. They’ve already given some hints of what the plans will include.

Money in a pants pocket
Flickr/Mike Schmid

One of the chief arguments over the state budget will be whether to renew an income tax surcharge on New York’s wealthiest, known as the millionaires’ tax.

Members of the thoroughbred racing industry testified in Albany this week, urging lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo to re-privative the New York Racing Association. After months of delays, the governor has put re-privatization in his 2018 budget plan.