Cuomo, Lawmakers Yet To Reach Budget Agreement

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ALBANY, NY (WSKG) — The state budget may be late this year, but exactly how late remains unclear.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have yet to reach a final agreement on a number of issues.

The legislature is proposing $7 billion dollars in new taxes on the wealthy and corporations, and $4 billion dollars more in school aid. Cuomo’s tax and education aid plans are more modest.

(New York NOW)

The governor’s budget director, Robert Mujica, appearing on Spectrum’s New York 1, was asked whether the spending plan will be late this year. He said only “we’re going to get it done.”

Senator Jeremey Cooney, of Rochester, was among those pressing for a $3.5 billion dollar fund in the budget to pay for employment and other services to undocumented New Yorkers who lost their jobs during the pandemic. He said he would rather have the right budget a few days late than one that is on time.

“If that means that hundreds and thousands of excluded workers have the resources to put food on the table, I’m OK with that,” Cooney said.

Lawmakers are also trying to piece together how to fit into the budget the billions of dollars in new funding from the federal stimulus package.

The state budget is due April 1.