April 23, 2021
By: Jennifer March
Earlier this month, New York State leaders voted to approve a $212 billion Fiscal Year 2022 State Adopted Budget. Today, we are releasing a thorough analysis of investments made in services and supports for children and families.
We are grateful for actions to recognize increased state revenue, implement state tax policy reforms, and leverage federal stimulus such that critical investments could be made to support New York’s rebuilding and recovery efforts.
The budget will expand funding in areas of critical need such as child care and pre-k, rent relief and health care, and restores funding in child welfare services and community based supports for court-involved youth. The budget also marks a historic win for New York students with the fulfillment of the state’s decades-long obligation to fully-funding schools. In addition, the budget invests a historic $2.1 billion dollars to support frontline workers and immigrant communities across the state who have been excluded from federal relief and entitlement programs.
However, there are several areas where the budget falls short in responding to the heightened needs that New York’s children and families are experiencing in developmental and behavioral health, housing instability, and economic insecurity. You can read more about these in our complete overview.
There’s no question that greater progress must be made during the legislative session and as state agencies make spending and operational decisions in the coming weeks and months.
Federal aid and investments from the American Rescue Plan and previous stimulus, combined with revenue secured through recently enacted state tax policy reforms, offer an unprecedented opportunity to invest in the future of New York’s children and their families.
Please stay tuned for emails from CCC with opportunities to join us in advocating to ensure that the Governor, State Legislature, and state agencies sustain these investments and ensure that all children and families fully recover from the COVID-19 pandemic with access to the resources and supports needed to thrive.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership.