Affordability, Progress, and Prosperity: Senate Passes FY 2023-24 Budget

The New York State Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 New York State Budget. The $229 billion spending plan fully funds public schools, sets the lowest middle-class personal income tax rate in over 70 years, and spurs economic development. The approved budget continues the Senate Majority’s efforts to combat climate change. It invests in mental health while improving healthcare access. It expands the Child Tax Credit, bolsters affordable childcare, and provides free school lunches throughout New York State. Additionally, the budget increases wages for working New Yorkers and further invests in housing for renters and homeowners while enhancing public safety, justice, and equity across New York State.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “Budgets are moral documents that allow us to clearly put forward our priorities for the state of New York. This year our mission was to forge a more affordable state for all New Yorkers, one that worked to open doors and opportunities, not close them. We believe that in order to create a better state we need to pull from the bottom rung up and I am proud of this budget and the affordability, prosperity and progress we will be able to offer all New Yorkers. I want to thank Governor Hochul and Speaker Heastie for working with me to pass a transformative budget that works for all.”

Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris said, “I am proud the State Senate demonstrated its fortitude by minimizing the harm from bad policy proposals - including by rejecting tuition hikes for SUNY and CUNY - and by fighting for greater opportunities for New Yorkers, delivering the nation-leading Build Public Renewables Act, expanding the child tax credit, and righting the fiscal ship of the MTA while piloting free bus routes in the five boroughs.”

Senate Finance Chair Liz Krueger said, “I am proud to be part of this Senate Majority that has stood strong during the budget process to ensure we can deliver real victories for the people of New York. This budget increases equity, affordability, and quality of life for all New Yorkers through historic education funding, and investments in transportation and healthcare services, both for patients and those working to provide care. It focuses on New York families through investments in childcare and expansion of the Child Tax Credit, as well as increasing protections for New Yorkers seeking abortion care. It makes our tax system fairer, ensures our cannabis laws can be properly enforced, and, critically, retains New York’s position as a leader in confronting the climate crisis through historic steps to implement the CLCPA. There is always more work to be done and compromises that have to be made, but this is a budget that provides a solid foundation to continue building a better future for our state and our people.”

Read the Senate Majority Release.

Strengthening Our Public Schools and Higher Education Read More

Supporting New York’s K-12 Education: The New York Senate is fully funding Foundation Aid for public schools for the first time, and secured the largest annual School Aid allocation of $34.5 billion.

Expanding Free School Meals: In a groundbreaking victory, the New York Senate won $135 million to cover school meals, helping ensure that no student goes hungry during the school day.

Bolstering SUNY and CUNY: The Senate successfully halted any increases to in-state college tuition across these higher ed systems, and procured increases in general operating aid for SUNY of $103 million and for CUNY of $53 million. Additionally, the 2023-24 budget secures $50 million for transformational initiatives at CUNY.

Combating Climate Change & Protecting the Environment Read More

Improving the Climate Cap-and-Invest Program: This budget includes provisions to direct the spending of any proceeds from any emission reduction programs established by the state to ensure that consumers receive rebates and to make the state more resilient against climate risk.

Implementing the All-Electric Buildings Act: The budget requires the Building and Energy codes to prohibit the installation of fossil-fuel equipment and building systems (any equipment or infrastructure excluding cooking equipment used for combustion or supply of fossil fuels) in new buildings starting December 31, 2025 for new buildings of seven stories or less, and December 31, 2028 for all new buildings regardless of size or building type.

Strengthening the Build Public Renewables Act: This legislation empowers New York Power Authority (NYPA) to direct, plan, build, and operate renewable energy projects to support the state in meeting generation targets in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and the Climate Action Council scoping plan. It also seeks to provide an adequate and reliable supply of renewable energy and capacity in the state and support the REACH program to give low and middle-income bill credits from the proceeds of Renewable Projects.

Environmental Protection Fund: New York State has allocated $400 million for capital projects that protect the environment and enhance communities, including funding environmental justice, municipal parks and recycling, and land acquisition.

Clean Water Infrastructure: The state budget includes $500 million for the Clean Water and Infrastructure Act.

Lead Paint Registry: The 2023-24 budget requires the Department of Health to coordinate with the Division of Housing and Community Renewal on the establishment of a Lead Paint Registry, requires an audit of at least 10% of homes in the registry, permits homeowners to self-certify on the status of lead inspection, makes violations subject to enforcement actions within public health law, requires DOH to set standards for inspectors, and establishes a program sunset after three years.

Expanding Access to Healthcare, Mental Health Treatment & Social Services Read More

Standing Up as a Destination State for Reproductive Care: As federal attacks on reproductive freedoms continue, New York is allocating $100.7 million to fund abortion providers. This budget also expands access to abortion care for SUNY and CUNY students and over-the-counter contraception. It also takes timely steps to protect the data of patients seeking reproductive care and increases the Medicaid reimbursement rate specifically for abortion services.

Investing in Mental Health: This year, New York will be making one of the largest investments in mental health in a generation, $1 billion for transforming the continuum of care by increasing inpatient psychiatric treatment capacity, dramatically expanding outpatient services, and boosting insurance coverage.

Supporting New Yorkers with Disabilities: By expanding the Medicaid Buy-In Program for working people with disabilities, funding and reinvigorating the Interagency Coordinating Council for Services to Persons who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing and increasing the number of Civil Service Section 55-B positions to grow the representation of those with disabilities in the state workforce we will be able to support some our most vulnerable population.

Strengthening Distressed Providers: This budget allocates $500 million to support additional aid for distressed providers, casting a lifeline to the safety net hospitals that are often the last venues for care in underserved communities. This budget also reserves $35 million to support 340B-funded entities.

Revitalizing Medicaid: The 2023-2024 budget includes $1 billion in healthcare capital funding and expanded Medicaid coverage for more than 7.8 million low-income New Yorkers, including a significant rate increase of 7.5% for in-patient hospital services and 6.5% for out-patient hospital services, nursing homes, and other providers.

Boosting Funding to Spur Economic Development & Support Small Businesses Read More

Helping Small Businesses Grow: The 2023-24 budget allocates over $12 million in Legislative Grants for businesses, including the creation of a matching grant program for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant programs. It also includes language to create a new entrepreneurial training grant pilot program for entrepreneurs successfully finishing training at Empire State Development Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers and allocates $400,000 for the program.

Supporting Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises: The New York State Senate continues support to minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) by securing an additional $1.4 million for the MWBE Development Lending Program from the Executive Proposal, for a total of $2 million.

The New York Film Tax Credit: To make New York more competitive, grow jobs and drive economic growth, the 2023-24 budget enhances the New York Film Tax Credit. This will boost to New York's film industry, one of the largest union employers in the state. 

Boosting Demand for New York Food and Products: The 2023-24 budget includes $10 million to support the establishment of farm markets, supermarkets, and food cooperatives in underserved communities; and $50 million over five years to local school districts to support New York State farm products in meals for K-12 school children.

Supporting Working People and Families Read More

Raising the Minimum Wage: The budget increases the state minimum wage by $2 over the next three years, after which it would increase at a rate determined by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), giving hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who earn minimum wage a pay increase to keep with rising costs of living.

Strengthening Child Care Resources: This budget implements new comprehensive programs to ensure high-quality, affordable child care, including $500 million towards a Workforce Retention Grant Program and $25 million to support the Employer Child Care Tax Credit.

Expanding Child Tax Credit: This includes language that will make this tax credit available to families with children from ages zero to four. This will allow approximately 584,000 more households to claim the credit, benefitting 993,500 adults and 993,700 children in those households.

Lower Personal Income Tax: This budget would continue a phase-in of the lowest personal income tax rates for working and middle-class families making it the lowest it has been in over 70 years.

Wage increase for O-Agency Workers: This would increase the cost of living adjustments from the Executive’s proposed  2.5% to 4% for employees in Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Department of Health (DOH), and Office of Mental Health (OMH).

Investing in Transforming Our Transportation Infrastructure Read More

Helping to save the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA): This budget adjusts the Payroll Mobility Tax on the largest businesses within New York City to 0.6%, generating approximately $1.1 billion annually for the MTA. This budget also appropriates $300 million in one-time State Aid and requires New York City to contribute $165 million for paratransit services funding. Lastly, it reduces the proposed MTA fare increase so that services remain affordable to the everyday riders who rely on these services. In that effort, we will be expanding service frequencies on the subway and launching a pilot program providing five free bus routes in New York City to improve access across the Five Boroughs.

Improving Rural Roadways: The Senate achieved $20 million in additional funds for Upstate State Operating Assistance (STOA) funding, for a total of $306.6 million, a 14.6 percent increase from last year. The Senate also won $60 million in capital funding for Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) for a total of $598 million, and $40 million in capital for State Touring Routes for a total of $140 million.

Bolstering Investments in Public Safety Read More

Securing Our Streets from Weapons of War: The New York State Senate continues to fund evidence-based gun violence reduction programs, allocating $347 million to such initiatives in FY 2023-24.

Strengthening the Enforcement Powers of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) and Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF): In order to combat the rise in gray market cannabis shops and to further grow the legal marketplace for cannabis, the 2023-24 budget increases the enforcement powers of OCM and DTF, including levying fines on illegal retail operations and closing those shops down.

Combating Hate Crimes and Anti-AAPI Violence: New York State will be providing $30 million for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) equity budget coalition priorities for crisis intervention initiatives and community-based programs to combat hate crimes.

Clarifying Procedures and Upholding Criminal Justice Reforms: The 2022-23 budget allocates $160 million to support the implementation of discovery reform for prosecutors and defenders, along with $50 million in capital for discovery technology improvements in New York City. It also provides $92 million in aid for prosecution and defense funding throughout New York.

Increasing Housing Access for New York’s Families Read More

Protecting Homeowners and Buyers: This budget secures $40 million for the Homeowner Protection Program, $25 million for a First-Time Homeowners Program, and $10 million for Land Banks.

Supporting Affordable Housing: The Senate won the inclusion of $391 million in funding to cover Covid-era arrears for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), other public housing authorities, private tenants, and Section 8 tenants.

Senators Involved