The New York State Legislature’s review of the 2020 Executive Budget is underway. The state budget process is Constitutionally mandated. Every year the Governor must submit a budget proposal outlining the anticipated income and expenses for the year to follow. Legislative committees open the proposal to public review, calling on state agencies and stakeholders to address the proposed budget appropriations. These joint legislative hearings are presented in realtime on NYSenate.gov and conclude February 13. The Legislature welcomes public testimony as part of its annual budget review. The state Constitution mandates the approval of the state budget by April 1.