In Albany late yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2017-2018 proposed New York State budget.
The governor's approximately $162-billion proposed spending plan can be viewed HERE.
Additional details on the governor’s budget proposal are on the state Division of the Budget (DOB) website: http://www.budget.ny.gov.
State Senator Tom O'Mara, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, said that he would continue working with his legislative colleagues across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions to keep attention focused on unfunded state mandates, job-killing state regulations and a state tax burden that devastates family budgets and keeps New York’s business climate one of the worst in the nation.
O’Mara said that the next step in this year’s budget adoption process is for state legislators, local leaders and the public to begin analyzing the details of the new Cuomo plan and assessing its impact on specific programs and services.
The Legislature’s fiscal committees – the Finance Committee in the Senate, and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee – will begin a series of public hearings on the Cuomo plan next week. The legislative hearings will continue through February and will be live streamed on the State Senate website: http://www.nysenate.gov. See the full hearing schedule HERE.
O’Mara also reminded area residents that his “2017 Community and Legislative Survey” also offers opportunities to share opinions on specific state budget-related issues.
The state’s new fiscal year begins on April 1, 2017 and state leaders are aiming, for the seventh consecutive year, to have a new state budget in place before that April 1st deadline.