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Audio Feature: What the new state budget means locally

Apr 10, 2017 12:45 am

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces the budget agreement.

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The leaders of the Assembly and Senate reached a budget agreement with Governor Andrew Cuomo this weekend. The budget totals $153 billion. Here are some of the important parts of that budget for local communities:
• Free tuition at SUNY schools for families earning less than $125,000 and tuition increases for others.
• Companies that give people rides such as Uber and Lyft are now allowed to compete with local taxi services upstate.
• A new tax credit for farms that donate to food banks.
• $10 million for an immigration defense fund, providing legal help to undocumented immigrants.
• Now 16- and 17-year-old criminal offenders will not be prosecuted as adults.
• A “federal financial response mechanism,” giving Cuomo the power to make changes to the budget even after it is approved, in case cuts from the federal government make new plans necessary.
The Daily Freeman looked at some local school's funding in the budget:
CATSKILL 2016-17 aid, $17,894,604; 2017-18 aid, $18,149,412, a 1.42 percent increase.
GERMANTOWN 2016-17 aid, $5,146,522; 2017-18 aid, $5,457,285, a 6.04 percent increase.
SAUGERTIES 2016-17 aid, $21,840,156 2017-18 aid, $22,701,466, a 3.94 percent increase.