LIVINGSTON COUNTY — New York State Assemblyman Joe Errigo released a statement voicing disappointment with the passed New York State Budget and Senator Catherine Young hailed the increase in education funding.
“The budget agreed on today is a shameful disservice to the millions of New Yorkers who have had enough of the increased taxes and spending from the state legislature. The total tab for the 2018 budget comes in at over 170 billion dollars, a figure that eclipses the GDP of countries such as Hungary and Luxembourg. This includes billions of dollars towards the most generous Medicaid program in the country, excessive pension and healthcare packages for government employees, and billions more to a START Up NY program that has failed to live up to the employment promises from Governor Cuomo. This week was an opportunity to turn the page and implement sensible spending controls and bring tax reform to a state with the worst tax record in the country. Sadly I’m disappointed in those who put this budget forward and voted in favor of it –New York deserves better.”
Assemblyman Errigo represents the 133rd District, which consists of Livingston and parts of Steuben and Monroe counties.
According to a New York State Senate website press release the passed budget is positive:
The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2018-19 state budget that achieves key objectives to promote affordability, opportunity, and security for hardworking taxpayers. The final budget maintains fiscal discipline by keeping within the self-imposed two-percent spending cap and closes a $4.5 billion deficit, while also preventing billions of dollars in new taxes and fees to protect taxpayers and encourage economic growth.
Senator Catherine Young, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District) who represents portions of Livingston County Stated she secured additional funding for schools:
“Even in this difficult budget year, Senate Republicans fought hard to secure another significant increase in school aid because we know that when it comes to our children’s future we can’t compromise. The Senate advanced an ambitious education agenda that drove substantial investments into flexible Foundation Aid, boosting resources for high-need districts such as mine. The Senate also successfully fought the Executive’s proposal to cut transportation aid, BOCES aid, building aid and summer school special education. Every district I represent will receive a Foundation Aid increase of at least 1.9 percent. Children in our rural schools deserve the same educational opportunities and resources that larger suburban districts offer. The funding in this budget will help make further strides in closing that gap. Our children are our future and they must receive the best learning opportunities possible,” said Senator Young.
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