WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. Special to the CitizeNetReporter. MARCH 22, 2013:
WPCNR received this update from the state capitol, from one of the local point-advocates for restoration of the $311 Million cut (6%) Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes for the Office for Persons With Developmental Disabilities. Our correspondent credits the disabled organization lobbying organization, New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies.
This is from our trade organization NYSACRA this afternoon.
State Budget Update – Leaders Announce Conceptual Agreement This Week
On Wednesday evening, State Legislative Leaders and the Governor announced a conceptual agreement on the 2013-14 State Budget. The framework, outlined by the State’s leaders, balances the State Budget, holds spending under 2 percent, contains key economic development initiatives and investments in education. Tax cuts for middle class families and small business and an increase in the minimum wage are highlights of the conceptual agreement. To read the Governor’s press release on the conceptual agreement, go to: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/03212013cuomo-and-leg-leaders-outline-budget
Early in the process, the Governor and Legislative Leaders were committed to passing a State Budget offering a Thursday, March 21st deadline. That self-imposed deadline has passed. While certain budget bills are in print and going through the 3-day aging process, not all components of the State Budget have been finalized. Negotiations on specific items, including the restoration of the 6% across the board cut to NYSACRA members and other not-for-profit developmental disabilities service providers remain at the forefront. Negotiations on this item are at the highest level and we understand key officials are attempting to identify funding mechanisms to implement a restoration.
The State Senate adjourned on Thursday morning and is scheduled to reconvene on Saturday afternoon, though many speculate Sunday is more likely. The State Assembly adjourned Thursday afternoon and members will reconvene at the Call of the Speaker. While some members left Albany to return to the respective districts, senior legislators remain at the State Capitol.
NYSACRA expects negotiations to continue throughout today and this evening and we will keep members updated on the progress to finalize the State Budget in Albany.