Cuomo and Legislative leaders announce budget agreement

Updated: April 06, 2021 05:09 PM
Created: April 06, 2021 04:49 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Maj. Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Tuesday announced an agreement on the Fiscal Year 2022 New York State Budget.

The budget includes $111 billion in total state operating funds, $212 billion in all funds spending and $29.5 billion in aid to schools, which is a $3 billion increase.

A press release from the governor's office says the budget includes  $29 billion in public and private green economy investments, $2.4 billion for rent and homeowner relief, $2.4 billion for child care, $2.1 billion for excluded workers and $1 billion for small business recovery.

The budget also includes a plan to make broadband internet affordable, legalize mobile sports betting and reform nursing homes.

Cuomo talked about the budget in New York City at 2 o'clock Tuesday.

"We're not just going to rebuild New York," Cuomo said. "This has to be a time when you re-imagine New York. When you learn from the lessons of COVID. What happened, why did it happen and how do we make sure it never happens again. How do we build back a better New York than we had before?"

Bloomberg reports the budget includes a tax increase on individuals who make more than $1 million a year. That was not in the governor's press release.

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