March 4, 2018
CCC responded to the New York State Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Executive Budget proposals with Budget Recommendations for the Governor and State Legislature.
Notably, CCC supported a number of proposals to benefit children and families, including an additional $15 million for prekindergarten, $10 million for after-school programs, $50 million for community schools, $7 million to restore previously cut funding for child care, $4 million to address the minimum wage increase for the Summer Youth Employment Program, and $100 million to implement a continuum of services associated with raising the age of criminal responsibility. We also support the budget’s inclusion of the First 1,000 Days initiative, which is designed to better address the needs of young children, and we strongly support numerous legislative proposals including the Child Victims Act, the Dream Act, and bail and discovery reform, as well as statutory language to reauthorize Close to Home.
On the other hand, the Executive Budget proposes a number of cuts that CCC is concerned about, including a number targeted at New York City. These include a cap on New York City’s reimbursement for services that prevent child abuse and neglect at a time when the City has been successfully implementing a strong continuum of evidence based services and on the heels of a $64 million state cut to foster care this year. Furthermore, the Executive Budget proposes to eliminate all $41.4 million of state support for the Close to Home juvenile justice initiative, which is not only critical for justice involved youth but essential for the city’s implementation of Raise the Age.
CCC’s Budget Recommendations to the Governor and New York State Legislature: State Fiscal Year 2018-2019 details all of CCC’s recommendations made in response to the State Executive Budget that we advocated to have incorporated in the State Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Adopted Budget