New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced his top priorities for this upcoming year and proposed a $145 billion budget. “New York NOW” Host and MetroFocus Contributor Matt Ryan shared some key areas where the governor is proposing to spend your tax dollars:
- $24.2 billion in school aid
Ryan says this is a 4.3 percent increase from last year and part of a two-year plan to pay back $443 billion of cuts that happened during the Great Recession.
“During Gov. David Paterson’s tenure in ’09 and ’10, the education budgets took a drastic cut, and so some of the funding for that is going to be restored,” he told MetroFocus Host Rafael Pi Roman.
- $26 billion over five years for MTA, including plan for third rail on LIRR
- $20 billion over 5 years for expansion of housing and homelessness plan
“As you know Raf, this is an issue that’s divided Gov. Cuomo and the mayor for a few months now,” Ryan told Pi Roman. “Mayor de Blasio met with the governor yesterday and approved what he heard initially.”
At his joint State of the State address and budget unveiling, Cuomo proposed limiting lawmakers’ outside income to 15 percent of their base salary, which is $79,500.
“This is very similar to the Congressional model,” Ryan said. “We’ll see how that goes over.”
Ryan said the governor also called to close a loophole that corporations to skirt some campaign finance laws.
Additionally, Cuomo announced his support for 12 weeks of leave for family. Ryan says the governor spoke of his experiences with his girlfriend, who had breast cancer, and his father, who died last year, to emphasize the need for time off from work.
Sharing the personal accounts was “something that the governor doesn’t do often,” Ryan said.
The New York State Legislature will assess the governor’s spending plan at budget hearings to begin next week.