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Assembly works into the morning to reach budget deal

WNYT Staff
Updated: April 03, 2020 07:16 AM
Created: April 03, 2020 07:04 AM

The New York State Assembly worked until 3:30 a.m. on Friday to reach a budget deal.

Governor Cuomo announced the $177 billion spending plan on Thursday night. It wasn’t a bare bones budget, even though the state expects to lose $10 billion in revenue from the economic impact of the pandemic.

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The bills contained lots of policy issues other than just allotting money for the state to continue operations.      

Cuomo says the budget enacts the strongest-in-the-nation paid sick leave program, legalizes gestational surrogacy, bans the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, and permanently bans hydro-fracking.

“We have a lot of needs. There are a lot of issues that need to be addressed. They stepped up to the plate, and they did it,” said Cuomo    

As for the other side, Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay released a statement saying:

"Concocted behind closed doors and advanced under the cover of darkness, the state's final spending plan drifted too far from our current crisis, and was entirely bogged down by misguided political policies."

State workers who didn’t get their paychecks as scheduled on Wednesday, ended up getting paid on Thursday.


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