This Week in Albany

Week ending March 31, 2017

Budget Update

At the time of this email, legislators were still working to finalize a state budget for the Fiscal Year beginning on April 1. 

While most issues remain outstanding, it is expected that the budget will contain funds to provide a wage increase to non-profit direct care workers, increased aid to school districts, and investments into water infrastructure.

The Governor and legislature continue to negotiate a plan to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, a plan for “free” tuition at public colleges, and allowing ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate upstate.

Furthermore, CSEA is continuing to advocate for increased investments in state-operated OPWDD and OMH services, and to see the Governor’s local government shared services scheme significantly amended so as to protect local services and jobs. Significant progress has been made on these issues in the past months, but nothing is finalized until all budget bills have been passed.

Stay tuned to the Legislative & Political Action Department’s website for more information on the state budget as it becomes available.