Agreement on State Budget Deal


A new state budget is in the works tonight for the 2018 fiscal year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan announced the deal late Friday evening.

The budget has not been passed yet, but voting will take place this weekend.

The new spending plan totals $153.1 billion.

It includes $98.1 billion in state operating funds — that’s an increase of 2% from last year.

There are $25.8 billion for education, an increase from a year ago of more than 4%. That increase amounts to an extra $1.1 billion, including $700 million more for K-through-12 foundation aid.

The state share of Medicaid funding has been increased to $23.5 billion, and the agreement also includes a middle-class tax cut of an average of $250 per person next year.

Legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility for certain offenses, and to allow ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to do business statewide, are part of the agreement as well.

During Eyewitness News at 11 Friday night, Utica Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi spoke with us live by phone about the agreement, and the entire interview is available right here for you to listen to and watch.

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