Advancing New York Values, Protecting Taxpayers

Advancing New York Values, Protecting Taxpayers
2019-2020 New York State budget

The 2019-2020 New York State budget is a responsible financial plan that accounts for the available revenues forecasted by the State Comptroller. It remains within the two percent state spending cap, while also making it permanent. The State Senate was able to restore cuts to essential services, and provide additional education and tax relief support. The 2019-20 Budget increases support for New York students by investing over $1 billion more in state education aid, and cuts taxes for middle-class New Yorkers. It includes historic action to reform our justice system, and make the Affordable Care Act state law. It advances the financing of public campaigns, greater investments in environmental protection, and a ban on single-use plastic bags. All this is done despite federal efforts to undercut New York State finances. 

"The Senate Majority committed to passing a responsible, effective, and on-time State Budget, and that is what we have achieved. I thank my partner in legislative leadership, Speaker Heastie, as well as Governor Cuomo, and all of my colleagues in the Senate Majority for their hard work and dedication throughout the budget process. The 2019-2020 State Budget will provide an over $1 billion increase in education aid, with a focus on struggling school districts. The budget will also provide essential AIM funds for local governments, a permanent property tax cap, and tax relief for middle-class New Yorkers. Additionally, we have taken historic steps to implement a public financing system, reform our criminal justice system, and ban single-use plastic bags. Our first budget as the Senate Majority will help move New York forward and build a stronger, fairer, more prosperous, and cleaner state for generations to come.”

-Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

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