Media Coverage

State Budget Has a $6B Hole; What Does it Mean for Yonkers? | Yonkers Rising

Every budget year, the City of Yonkers looks to New York State for help and assistance in balancing its budget and finding the additional dollars to prevent layoffs and cuts to both the Yonkers Public Schools and the city services that Yonkers residents deserve and are used to from the fire and police departments and DPW. [Read_more]

Capital Region think tank proposes $3B in Medicaid savings | Nexstar Publishing

The nonprofit group submitted the proposals to a Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team at the Albany Capital Center on Friday. Cuomo appointed the Redesign Team on February 4 to save $2.5 billion by April 1, making up for a massive shortfall in the state budget. [Read_more]

How Big Is Your ‘Slice’ of Income Wealth in New York? | Spectrum

The idea of a "wealth tax" has come up now repeatedly on the national level, with Democratic presidential candidates like Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren calling for an additional tax on the ultra-millionaires and billionaires. [Read_more]

Cuomo shifting worker salaries offline amid budget crunch | New York Post

In the face of a  projected $6 billion deficit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to shift millions of dollars in salaries from the government payroll to the capital budget — thus giving the appearance he’s lowering operating costs, critics charge. [Read_more]

EDITORIAL: Colossal Failures by New York Budget Division Bring Turmoil and Danger to Medicaid Program | Gotham Gazette

The New York State Division of the Budget surprised the public this past November with an announcement the State faced a $6.1 billion deficit to close for the 2021 budget due by April 1, 2020. The DOB disclosed in its Mid-Year Update that Medicaid costs were exploding -- dramatically more than anticipated -- in both the budget adopted in April 2019 for the current year (fiscal year 2020), as well as for the next one (FY 2021). The budget agency said the situation demanded immediate cuts to both Medicaid and the overall budget. [Read_more]