Advocates rally in Albany against budget cuts to clean water infrastructure
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--THIS WEEK SOME ADVOCATES TRAVEL TO THE CAPITOL CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR TO RESTORE CERTAIN BUDGET CUTS TO CLEAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING.
WITHIN GOV. KATHY HOCHUL’S $233 BILLION BUDGET PLAN SHE PROPOSES $500 MILLION FOR CLEAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING OVER TWO YEARS.
SINCE 2017, THE STATE HAS ALLOCATED $5 BILLION IN THE CLEAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ACT---WHICH HELPS FUND CLEAN WATER PROJECTS.
AND FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS THE FINAL STATE BUDGET INCLUDED $500 MILLION FOR CLEAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE—BUT THIS YEAR’S PROPOSAL CUTS THAT NUMBER IN HALF.
SOME LAWMAKERS SAid NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO CUT FUNDING.
“Nothing is more fundamental to our role in government, local, county or state, or federal than to ensure our residents have clean, potable, cost effective drinking water,” said Sen. Pete Harckham (D-40th Senate District).
ADVOCATES AND LAWMAKERS ARE ASKING FOR $600 MILLION FOR CLEAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE FINAL STATE BUDGET.