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Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Queens Democrat, spoke at a rally to celebrate the inclusion of new taxes on the wealthy and increased school funding in the state budget, at a rally outside the State Capitol on April 7, 2021.
Karen DeWitt

Progressive Democrats in the New York state legislature took a victory lap Wednesday, after passing a $212 billion budget that achieves many of their 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 schools. Meanwhile, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, embroiled in several scandals, put the best face on items that did not go his way.  

The New York State Capitol
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Nearly a week after it was due, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State’s legislative leaders have announced final agreement on a $212 billion budget deal. 

"Conceptual Agreement" On Late NYS Budget

Apr 5, 2021
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Five days into the new fiscal year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they have a “conceptual agreement” on a new state budget. If the deal holds, it would include $4 billion dollars’ worth of new taxes, including new higher income tax brackets on millionaires and a tax increase for some large corporations.

New York state Capitol
Karen DeWitt

April 1 has come with no agreement on the New York state budget. For the first time in over a decade, there’s no clear indication of when a spending plan might be passed. The state comptroller warns if the impasse lasts beyond Monday, the paychecks of some essential state workers might be delayed.  

NYS Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

It appears the New York state budget will be late this year, but the question is, how late? Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have yet to reach final agreement on a number of issues. 

NYS Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

New York State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says she’s determined to steer the chamber through budget negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo, even though the governor has ignored her calls to resign over a sexual harassment scandal. 

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaking March 15, 2021.
Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says he expects state budget negotiations to continue as “normal,” despite his decision to authorize an impeachment inquiry of Governor Andrew Cuomo over allegations from multiple women of sexual harassment and a nursing home scandal.  

The New York State Capitol in Albany
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Officials in the City of Saratoga Springs are once again lobbying the state legislature to restore aid funding from New York’s video lottery terminal gambling facilities.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.
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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, Cuomo offered a contradictory message, saying it might hurt the state’s competiveness and cause the rich to flee the state. 

New York state Capitol
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The New York state legislature began the 2021 session Wednesday, with a strengthened Democratic base and intensifying challenges, including the pandemic and a growing budget deficit.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for the third time in as many years, threw his support behind legalizing marijuana for adult, recreational use in New York Wednesday, saying the state’s massive budget deficit should be an impetus to reach a deal on the issue with the Legislature this year.

New York state Capitol
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Congress, in the COVID-19 relief package approved late Monday, did not include a financial bailout for states hit hard by the pandemic, leaving New York with a multibillion dollar budget deficit going into the New Year. The leader of the state Assembly says now is the time to push ahead with new taxes on the wealthiest, to start making up for the loss. 

New York state Capitol
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he’d wait until after the general election before deciding how to close the state’s multibillion dollar budget gap, hoping that Democratic wins for president and U.S. Senate might lead to a larger federal relief package for blue states. Now that Election Day has come and gone, and with the most likely scenario a President Joe Biden but a Republican-led U.S. Senate, the governor and the legislature will have to soon make some big decisions.

A little more than halfway through its fiscal year and New York State is dealing with a budget that is billions of dollars in the red.  Unless something changes, that’s the way it will be for the foreseeable future.  These deficits are largely the result of the cratering state finances driven by the catastrophic coronavirus pandemic.  In addition to the staggering toll in death and sickness from COVID-19, state revenues took a nose dive because New Yorkers have not been working, or shopping, or traveling, at pre-pandemic levels.

With a 20 percent reduction in state aid for this school year looming, staffers let go Friday included 51 teachers.
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More than 200 Albany City School District staffers have lost their jobs due to anticipated school aid reductions.

New York state Capitol
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The New York State legislature is due back in Albany Monday for a session that is expected to last several days. A growing number of lawmakers want to see new taxes on the wealthy on the agenda, and they are getting some help from Queens Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

New York state Capitol
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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget office is temporarily withholding 20% of a state aid payment owed to several cities in New York, citing the COVID-19 pandemic-related revenue shortfall and budget deficit plaguing state government.

New York state Capitol
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New York state lawmakers finished up the state budget Friday morning, three days after the deadline. One area of contention was making changes to the state’s bail reform laws. In the end, lawmakers compromised.

New York state Capitol
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The New York state budget is due Wednesday. 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 coronavirus.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, facing a state budget deadline in less than a week, is out with a new proposal to try to cope as the state faces a multibillion dollar budget gap, and much uncertainty with much of the economy shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New York state Capitol
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A panel tasked with reducing New York’s Medicaid budget has voted on a plan to cut $2.5 billion out of the state’s health care system. But the commission’s work likely falls far short of closing a widening budget deficit that will likely be expanded by the coronavirus.

The state capitol in Albany
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With a New York State budget due in less than a month, local officials in Saratoga Springs are counting on the restoration of state aid.

New York state Capitol
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A lack of information on how Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to cut $2.5 billion out of New York state-funded health care programs led to some tense moments at a legislative budget hearing Wednesday.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly delivers her 2020 State of the City address Tuesday
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Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly gave her annual State of the City address Tuesday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, city councilors are making one aspect of the proposed New York State budget a priority.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $178 billion spending plan seeks to close a $6.1 billion hole widened mainly by Medicaid costs. Now, lawmakers in Albany are weighing in, with budget hearings scheduled this week.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with state Senator James Skoufis about the governor’s proposal to remedy the shortfall, and more.

NYS Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay
Karen DeWitt

The often lengthy New York state budget hearings began Monday at the Capitol, as lawmakers heard testimony on Democratic 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.

Cuomo Proposes Medicaid Cuts In Budget Plan

Jan 21, 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
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Governor Andrew Cuomo released a $178.6 billion budget proposal Tuesday. He detailed plans of how to deal with a $6 billion budget deficit largely caused by increased costs for Medicaid, as well as plans to legalize the adult recreational use of cannabis in New York.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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.

The New York State capitol in Albany
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Over the New Year’s holiday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York’s health care providers will see a 1% drop in the reimbursements they receive for the government-funded Medicaid health care program. It’s part of an effort to reduce a multi-billion dollar budget gap that the state is facing.

The state capitol in Albany
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New York State begins the new year with the biggest budget deficit since the great recession, estimated at $5 to $6 billion. 

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