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State budget is down to the wire 

Apr 1, 2021
Originally published on March 31, 2021 4:09 pm

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers still needing to reach final agreement on a number of issues, it appears the state budget won’t meet its April 1 deadline.

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

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.”  

Sen. Jeremy Cooney, a freshman from Rochester, is among those pressing for a $3.5 billion 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’d rather have the right budget a few days late. 

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

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

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