Final state budget comes to $229 billion
Wednesday, May 3rd 2023, 1:11 AM EDT
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)-- Around 11 p.m. Tuesday night, the Senate and the Assembly officially passed the final state budget plan, one month after it's original deadline. The final budget comes in at $229 billion.
The budget had varying support across the isle in both chambers during the voting process of the ten budget bills.
Some Republican lawmakers feel the budget this year was challenging.
"They failed under two areas that most people have said in the polls and the questions that they have been asked, 'why do you leave New York State.' We're not affordable in this state and they don't feel secure in this state," said Sen. James Tedisco (R-44th Senate District).
While some Democratic lawmakers across the isle said the budget this year is good overall--investing in issues including mental health, education, and public safety.
"Making certain that their neighborhoods are safe, that folks are getting the treatment they deserve, and that public safety is an issue that Albany is considering carefully which is I think what we did in this budget," said Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal (D-47th Senate District).