The Senate and Assembly are set to begin conference committee meetings on Monday, now that both houses have finished with their resolutions laying out their positions.
Sticking points include funding for Charter schools. Governor Cuomo and Senate Republicans want to restore changes made by New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio to three charter schools. The mayor says the schools can no longer have rent free space in existing public school buildings. Cuomo, speaking at a business lunch, says protecting charter schools will be one of his top priorities in the budget.
Both houses of the legislature are making changes to Governor Cuomo’s tax freeze plan in their budget proposals. And now, small business groups are speaking out, saying the proposal favors some homeowners, at their expense.
The State Assembly’s budget replaces Cuomo’s plan to distribute widespread rebate checks to homeowners with an alternative to benefit New Yorkers who can least afford to pay their property taxes. The Senate is also making changes, even though Republicans in the majority say they still want to reduce property taxes.
Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Governor Cuomo’s plan to freeze property taxes. It’s all part of a one house budget resolution, the first step in reaching agreement on a final spending plan by the end of March.
Next Wednesday, both houses of the legislature are due to release their one house budget proposals, which they will then use to negotiate a final spending plan with Governor Cuomo. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in an interview with NYS-PBS's New York Now and public radio stations, says Assembly Democrats are not yet on board with part of Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax.
There’s growing unease over Governor Cuomo’s tax freeze plan. 100 local government officials have signed a letter opposing the plan, and there are signs that the legislature may modify what critics have called an overly complex proposal when the Senate and Assembly release their one house state budgets.
100 local government leaders have now signed a letter opposing the Governor’s tax freeze plan. And the lobby groups for the state’s counties, cities, and school boards are voicing numerous concerns. Tim Kremer is with the State School Boards Association.