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Federal Government

Debt Ceiling Agreement: Fact Sheet

The agreement will:

  • Suspend the U.S. borrowing limit until January 1, 2025.
  • Keep federal spending for non-defense and non-veteran programs at roughly the same levels in 2024, with a 1% increase in 2025. This 1% increase is effectively a spending cut, as inflation is expected to outpace 1%.
  • Increase defense spending to $886 billion, a 3% increase over the current year.
  • Recoup unspent COVID relief funds, estimated to be approximately $30 billion.
  • Change work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):
    • Requires adult recipients without dependents up to age 54 to work a minimum of 80 hours per month through 2030. Currently, adults 50+ are exempt from work requirements. 
    • Exempts veterans, the homeless and youth transitioning out of foster care from SNAP work requirements.
  • Rescind $1.38 billion from the I.R.S. and repurposes $20 billion of the $80 billion it received through the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • Resume student loan repayments according to the current schedule, expected to begin at the end of summer.

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


State Government

The New York State Legislature is scheduled to be in session until June 8. CSEA continues to lobby on behalf of members on important bills before the legislature. Below are several top priorities and bill memos submitted to the Senate and Assembly.

Civil Service

CSEA is working with the New York State Legislature to include many civil service priorities in order to recruit the next generation of employees and retain the trained employees of today.

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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.

CSEA sent the State Legislature memorandums. Click on the links to read more.

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Local Government

CSEA sent the State Legislature the following memorandums. Click on the link to read more.


Legislative Victories


See how you helped our union succeed!

Civil Service

Crediting Provisional Time (S.5494 Jackson/A.7155 Pheffer Amato)

Governor Hochul signed into law a bill that requires that any time spent as a provisional employee be counted toward an employee’s probationary term upon receiving a permanent appointment in the same title.

Learn more about how this affects CSEA members

Civil Service Exam Announcements (S.5486 Jackson/A.6855 Pheffer Amato)

Governor Hochul signed into law a bill that requires that the state Department of Civil Service and municipal civil service commissions to provide notice of competitive civil service exams more broadly.

Learn more about this new law

Public Schools

The Workplace Violence Prevention in Public Schools bill (S.1746 Ramos/A.1120 Joyner) has been signed into law. This legislation requires public schools and BOCES to develop and implement workplace violence prevention programs. The law goes into effect on Jan. 4, 2024.

Download this flyer detailing Workplace Violence Prevention in Public Schools

2023 New York State Budget

The governor and legislature agreed on a final budget on May 2. CSEA was able to secure numerous wins including new policies and programs to help increase hiring in state and local governments.

Click here for a complete summary and a look at key points of the budget.

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.