Advocacy Alert: State Budget to be Late
March 31, 2023
State leaders are predicting a late state budget. Yesterday, Governor Hochul said that “it's becoming clear that the budget will not be meeting the April 1 deadline.”
Failing to pass a budget – absent some form of a continuing resolution – would prevent the state from making payroll, causing a state government shutdown. Passing a budget a few days late is mostly harmless, but a prolonged shutdown could cause significant service disruptions in state government.
Sticking points include:
- Bail Reform. After a surprisingly close gubernatorial race that featured bail reform above all other issues, Gov. Hochul has proposed changes to add more judicial discretion to the law. The proposal remains highly controversial within the Democratic caucuses, which has stalled budget negotiations and prevented discussion on other key areas.
- Housing. The Governor and Legislature have proposed varying approaches to improving access to affordable housing. Housing construction mandates, incentives for development, and rent control measures are all on the table, but the complexity of the issue has slowed negotiations.
- Climate Issues. Although both are likely to be passed in some form, there is disagreement over some of the details in both the proposed natural gas ban and the “cap-and-invest” system.
- Minimum Wage. Minimum wage indexing has widespread support and will pass, but many in the Legislature want to raise the minimum wage before indexing it. The number to which the minimum wage is raised remains a sticking point.
After many months of budget-focused advocacy, the BNP made a final push in a recent letter to lawmakers.
Whenever the final budget is passed, the BNP will keep you informed of what it includes.
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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: