This Week in Albany

Week ending April 21, 2017

State Budget Invests Over $200 Million to Combat the Heroin and Opioid Crisis

The recently passed 2017-18 state budget invests over $200 million to combat the heroin and opioid crisis across New York, including $27 million for state-operated addiction treatment centers.

The heroin and opioid crisis continues to impact New Yorkers in many ways, from families suffering the loss of a loved one to increased caseloads for social service workers. CSEA supports continued investments in helping to combat this scourge.

Federal Update

Congress has one week to reach an agreement on a spending plan to keep government running, as funding is set to expire on April 28th. Congress is currently negotiating a spending plan that would keep the government funded until the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. If no agreement is reached before April 29th, the federal government will shut down.

Additionally, there are rumors that a new healthcare bill will soon be introduced, with a vote as early as next week. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

At a Glance

The state legislature returns to Albany for three days of session next week after spending two weeks in their home districts. With the State budget complete, CSEA now turns our attention to advocating for legislation that will benefit the lives of CSEA members. The legislative session is scheduled to run through June 21.

Constitutional Convention Fact

State pensions are protected by the State Constitution. A constitutional convention would give special interests the opportunity to eliminate this protection.