4.4.2022 Advocacy Alert: Legislature Kicks Budget Can Down the Road
April 4, 2022
Today, the State Legislature is passing a short-term budget extender, indicating a continued lack of consensus on a budget deal.
The extender allows the state government to continue operations while buying time for the Governor and Legislature to reach an agreement on a number of outstanding issues. As we explained in depth here, these issues include bail reform, the Bills stadium, the gasoline tax, and an electric-powered building mandate.
A budget agreement was due on April 1. Speaker Carl Heastie indicated that Hochul’s late addition of policy items complicated negotiations and delayed the process.
The extender bill will fund the state government through Thursday, and a budget deal is expected by then. The BNP will keep you informed as budget negotiations unfold.
The New York State Legislature gaveled out for the final time of the 2023 legislative session. Although a special session is possible before the end of the year, no major legislative push is expected.
Although much of the most impactful legislation being debated was tabled until next year, many important bills were passed in the waning days of session.
All eyes are on Albany as the Legislature enters the final two weeks of the 2023 legislative session. Amid the hundreds of bills that will pass in the coming days, the BNP is keeping an eye on the following issues:
State lawmakers recently approved the 2023 state budget. In total, the budget will spend $229 billion – a record amount and a 33% increase in spending since 2019.
New York’s 2023 state budget includes a ban on fossil fuel equipment and building systems in new construction. The ban creates major concerns about energy affordability and reliability.