Gov. Cuomo's budget proposal worries after school program advocates

Emily Burkhard & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 24, 2020 07:18 PM
Created: January 24, 2020 07:11 PM

Governor Cuomo's recently released budget proposal has some after school program advocates worried.

The proposal keeps $10 million for the Empire State After School Program, but cuts $5 million from the Advantage After Care Program.

The programs that Advantage offers typically cost $3,000 to $6,000 per kid.

Not only do advocates say the cuts would cripple the program, especially with the rising minimum wage - they say they actually need additional funding to keep up with rising needs.

Advocates say investing in these programs, and more importantly the kids, will offer them the support they need, saving the state money down the road.

Hear more about why advocates say investing now will ultimately lead to savings, by watching the video of Emily Burkhard's story.

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