FY 2020 Budget
An increase of over $1 billion in school aid will bring total aid to a record $27.9 billion, with over 70% of the increased funding going to poorer districts.
The Budget includes legislation to ban single-use plastic bags provided to customers and allows counties and cities to opt in to a 5-cent fee on paper bags.
No matter what happens at the federal level, the codification of the Affordable Care Act and Health Exchange into state law will ensure these key provisions are protected.
MTA Reform and New Funding Stream
The budget requires the MTA to develop a reorganization plan by June, undergo an independent audit and efficiency review, establish a 30-day review notice for comptroller contract approval, among other reform measures.
New Dedicated Funding Streams
MTA funding now includes a Central Business District tolling program, a progressive mansion tax, and eliminates the internet tax advantage.
FY 2020 Budget
The Budget includes initiatives to combat maternal mortality, coverage for IVF services, rape shield protections for sex trafficking victims, and more Women's Agenda items.
The Budget will fund capital projects beginning in FY 2020 as part of the Governor's unprecendented $150 billion investment to support infrastructure projects across the state.
A Fairer Criminal Justice System
Reforms Bail and Arrest Procedure
Cash bail will be eliminated for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies, and police officers must issue desk appearance tickets to most people charged with misdemeanors and Class E felonies, rather than making a custodial arrest.
Ensures Right to a Speedy Trial
The Budget includes legislation that requires courts to increase accountability by reducing unnecessary delays and ensuring all parties are prepared for trial.
Transforms the Discovery Process
Both prosecutors and defendants must now share all information in their possession well in advance of trial; defendants will also be allowed to review whatever evidence is in the prosecution's possession prior to pleading guilty to a crime.