Earlier this morning, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the New York State Senate completed its action on the 2013-14 state budget.
Members of the Assembly are scheduled to return to Albany on Thursday to give final legislative approval to this year's new fiscal plan, which will then be delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law -- representing New York's third consecutive on-time budget.
Senator Bill Larkin (R,C,I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the 2013-2014 New York State budget includes an increase of $75 million in funding to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS). This funding will allow municipalities to repair and improve their local roads, bridges and highways.
Proposed restrictions on plea bargaining traffic tickets and a proposed $80 surcharge on certain parking tickets were rejected by the Legislature during budget negotiations. Governor Cuomo and the Legislature did, however, agree that fines for texting while driving and driving without a hands free device should be enhanced.
ALBANY, 03/26/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the education aid portion of the 2013-14 state budget:
“Students statewide should have access to a quality education that prepares them to move forward in life, regardless of where they live. The aid conversation in recent years reflects that belief and the distribution of state dollars once again this year is another step toward helping our upstate, low-wealth schools.”
On this week's Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, known as CHIPS. These funds will directly go to local governments for highway, bridge and road repairs. Senator DeFrancisco also talks about the Legislature's rejection of proposed restrictions on plea bargaining, and a measure to provide school districts with more flexibility when hiring retired police officers for school protection.
On this week's Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about transportation budget bills, including the increase in funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, known as CHIPS.
2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects
Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).
“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Monroe County. Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.
ALBANY, 03/25/13 – As the 2013-14 state budget is finalized, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today that local counties will receive a substantial increase in funding to support highway improvements.
“After meeting with county and town highway superintendents from throughout my district it was clear that the state needed to boost funding available through the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Plan (CHIPs),” said Senator Seward. “I fought hard for new money during the state budget negotiations and was successful in securing an additional $75 million in CHIPs funding – the first CHIPs increase in five years.”
Budget focuses on the benefits of repowering existing electric generation facilities
ALBANY - Calling it a “major step forward,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that language is included in this year’s state budget that focuses on the benefits of repowering existing electric generation facilities, a development that could have a positive impact on a future of clean, reliable and affordable power for Dunkirk and all of Western New York.
“This historic budget agreement clearly demonstrates to all New Yorkers that Albany is focused on delivering real results for the middle class. For the third year in a row, New York State has created a fiscally sound and responsible budget that cuts taxes and creates jobs. This budget closes a $1.3 billion dollar gap with no new taxes or fees while also phasing out the 18-a Utility Assessment that would otherwise hit homeowners’ pocketbooks.
I am pleased that we have reached agreement on a responsible budget that includes the longtime Senate Republican priorities to create new jobs and cut taxes for hardworking, middle-class families. As part of this budget, we will provide a $350 Family Tax Relief check to families with children, offer incentives to help small businesses create new jobs, and eliminate the energy tax surcharge over the next three years, all initiatives highlighted by the Senate Republican conference throughout the budget process.