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April 23, 2021
On April 7, New York State leaders voted to approve a $212 billion Fiscal Year 2022 State Adopted Budget. We are grateful for actions to recognize increased state revenue, implement state tax policy reforms, and leverage federal stimulus such that critical restorations and historic investments could be made to support New York’s rebuilding and recovery efforts.
Following two decades of advocacy, the FY’22 State Adopted Budget will finally fully phase in $4 billion in Foundation Aid, the amount owed to New York’s students and schools because of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity legal battle. The budget will increase funding for schools this year by $1.4 billion, fully phase in the remaining amount over the next three years, and then maintain funding at that level thereafter. Additionally, the budget delivers the entirety of $13 billion federal education funds from the recent stimulus packages directly to schools. Together these actions mark a historic win for New York’s students and a monumental down payment on their education and future.
The budget also includes a historic $2.1 billion dollars to support excluded frontline workers and immigrant communities across the state who have been excluded from federal relief and entitlement programs. Other critical areas of support include $105 million expansion of universal pre-k statewide, and $2.4 billion in federal child care funds to expand access, lower family co-pays, and support child care providers. Moreover, the budget includes $2.3 billion dollars for an emergency rent relief program supported by federal aid that will be crucial to maintain housing stability for families. The budget also eliminates premiums for the Essential Plan for low-income New Yorkers, takes steps towards extending postpartum health coverage, and mandates a lower-cost high-speed internet service for low-income families. Lastly, the enacted budget restores critical funding for child welfare services and community-based supports for court-involved youth and closes to youth detention facilities making another important step in youth justice.
The enacted state budget includes several victories that CCC has advocated for, including the following: