Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a $220 billion state budget deal Thursday that includes changes to broaden judicial discretion in setting bail and suspending state sales tax on fuel.
The Democratic-majority state legislature has passed one-house budget bills opposed by the Republican members of the East End delegation.
The 2018-2019 budget meets a 2-percent spending cap and closes a $4.5 billion deficit, according to statements issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and leaders of both chambers of the legislature.
State budget deal announced: Spending plan includes $1.1 billion boost to state education aid and tuition-free public colleges
The $153.1 billion budget increases state education aid by more than 4 percent, provides for tuition-free public colleges for families earning $125,000 or less and raises to 18 the age for criminal prosecution as an adult.
State’s emergency ‘budget extender’ creates uncertainty for school boards who must finalize their budgets without state aid numbers
School boards must adopt budget proposals by April 21 and submit property tax levy data to the state by April 24 in preparation for the May 16 public vote. They will have to prepare their budgets and even ask for voter approval without knowing state aid amounts for 2017-2018.
Details of the agreement will be released today, but Gov. Cuomo said the agreement includes “landmark education reforms and investment” as well as “ground-breaking ethics reform.”