January 18, 2018
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo released his Executive Budget for State Fiscal Year 2018-2019. The Executive Budget includes a number of proposals CCC supports such as investments in prekindergarten, after-school programs, community schools, child care, the Summer Youth Employment Program, and 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, 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 several 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.
You can learn more in CCC’s full summary of the budget, which breaks down the positive and negative proposals in each key issue area for children and families.
As more details on these budget proposals emerge in the coming weeks, we will share with you our budget testimony and advocacy priorities. Please keep an eye out for our emails, action alerts, and Facebook and Twitter posts for the latest news, information, and opportunities to advocate.
Together we must make certain that the state’s adopted budget does all that it can to protect, support and improve the well-being of New York’s children and families.