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New York State Budget

Governor Hochul released her proposed budget on February 1. CSEA has reviewed its entirety and provided a summary of the budget’s impact on CSEA members.

Click here for the summary

The final budget is due April 1.  CSEA is developing an action plan to lobby the state legislature and governor on our priorities for the budget. 

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VOICE Child Care

Since 2017, 15% of all home based providers have closed in New York State. This has resulted in the loss of 18,000 affordable and quality child care slots.

CSEA will be active this legislative session to continue to make child care more affordable for New Yorkers while investing in the child care workforce to ensure that the state has the capacity to handle all families in need of care.

Click here to read VOICE testimony before the NYS Legislature on Jan. 26, 2023

 

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Civil Service

One of the top priorities for CSEA is rebuilding the public workforce. This will include efforts to improve the civil service system; expanding services for those with mental illness and developmental disabilities (OMH/OPWDD); Pension Reform (Tier 6); Protecting workers during the transition to renewable energy; funding for local governments and supporting safe and thriving schools. Check back for more information or sign up for This Week In Albany e-newsletter for updates.

Federal Government

On January 19, the U.S. government hit the nation’s debt ceiling. The Treasury Department is using “extraordinary measures” to continue paying the government’s obligations but will exhaust those efforts by June. 

House Republicans have said that they will not vote to raise the debt ceiling without massive budget cuts, which will impact CSEA members and retirees.  Moreover, failure to raise the debt ceiling could be devastating to world financial markets.  

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CSEA works with our international union, AFSCME, and the AFL-CIO, on many federal priorities.

 

 

Local Government
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Legislative Victories

 

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Pension Reform

Thanks to the activism of CSEA members, the 2022-23 enacted budget includes the first positive large-scale pension reforms in over 20 years. This includes reducing the time to vest and exclude from contribution calculations the massive overtime members accumulated during the pandemic.

These are great first steps, but CSEA will continue to push pension reforms. 

Health Care and Direct Care Bonuses

The FY 2022-2023 State Budget authorized a health care and direct care bonus payment program. Under the program, frontline health care and direct care workers who provide hands-on health or care services, and employees who support patient-facing care in a patient care unit or hospital or other institutional medical setting, are eligible for payments of up to $3,000.

For additional details, visit the state website.

Eligible job titles

Frequently asked questions about the program

The CSEA Legislative and Political Action Department conducted a webinar on this topic:
View a recording of the webinar

View slides from the presentation

Child Care Provider Direct Deposit

Governor Hochul signed legislation to require all counties to offer child care providers the option to be paid by direct deposit!

OPWDD Care Pilots

Legislation was enacted to continue OPWDD Care Pilot Programs. These programs offer state operated community based programs for the developmentally disabled. These programs include community habilitation, in-home respite, pathways to employment, supported employment, and community pre-vocational.

Federal Updates
Inflation Reduction Act

President Joe Biden recently signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law, which is considered to be a historic win for working families across the country. To help you better understand the parts of the IRA that are most relevant to CSEA/AFSCME members, AFSCME has put together fact sheets that describe how the law lowers health care costs, addresses climate change, invests in green energy and creates a fairer tax system. You can find the fact sheets here.

Additionally, this legislation achieves goals long promoted by President Biden, including allowing Medicare to negotiate with prescription drug manufactures to lower the costs of prescription drugs, creating a 15% minimum tax for corporations that make $1 billion in annual profit and new investments in programs to combat climate change. In addition, this legislation extends subsidies under the Affordable Care Act for three additional years to keep health insurance affordable for working families, and caps insulin prices for Medicare recipients.

 

Infrastructure Bill

In 2021, Congress passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes about $170 billion in funding for projects in New York. Here is an initial breakdown of how that will be spent:

Highways: $12.5 billion

  • $11.5 billion for roads and highways. (reauthorizations)
  • $1.9 billion for bridge repairs
  • $142 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Airport funding: $937,030,865

  • JFK — $294,682,575
  • LGA — $ 150,008,970
  • Long Island MacArthur — $21,595,630

Rail: $58 billion

  • $22 billion for Amtrak improvements, including the Gateway tunnel project under the Hudson River
  • $24 billion for Northeast Corridor modernization
  • $12 billion for intercity passenger rail, including high-speed rail.

Water: $90 billion

  • $14.7 billion for the EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which provides grants and loans for infrastructure projects (includes: $10 billion in grants to address emerging contaminants).
  • $14.7 billion for the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Funds, which provides loans to states for water-quality improvement.
  • $55.4 billion in supplemental emergency appropriations

Mass Transit: $9.8 billion

  • $9.8 billion for clean buses and mass transit.

Many of these funds will be distributed through state agencies under existing programs. We are hopeful that the funding will lead to increased employment for CSEA members working in these fields.