Each year, the Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal fails to include any significant funding to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBDs), leaving legislators left to fight tooth and nail during budget negotiations to get any funding for the cause included in the final enacted state budget.
This year, for the first time since I have taken office, funding to combat Lyme and TBDs was actually cut from the final enacted budget. After months of advocating for funding to be dedicated to this cause, Albany’s new leaders finally passed a public health budget resolution in the final days of session that included $250,000 for Lyme and TBDs. While that funding is a positive step in the right direction, that is the least amount of funding that has been dedicated to this issue since 2014.
Budget decisions for next year are already being made and we are calling on the Governor to include significant funding to support a statewide action plan in his next Executive Budget Proposal. If you agree and want to see funding for Lyme and tick-borne diseases made a priority in next year’s state budget, sign the petition below today!