Governor: No Income Tax Increases for FY 2024 Budget.

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the highlights of the historic FY 2024 Budget. The Budget reflects Governor Hochul’s stated agenda to make New York “more affordable, more livable, and safer by making smart, responsible investments in housing, mental health care, public safety, education, climate initiatives, and more.” The FY 2024 Budget does not include any new increases in State income tax.   


“With this Budget, we are delivering on our promise to make the Empire State a more affordable, more livable, safer place for all New Yorkers,”Governor Hochul said. “These bold investments will lift up New Yorkers of today – and tomorrow – while maintaining a solid fiscal footing, and I thank my partners in the Legislature for their collaboration throughout this process.”   


A Balanced Budget   


Governor Hochul’s FY 2024 Budget reflects New York’s steady finances, even as global economic trends send mixed signals. All funds spending is $229 billion growing at 3.9percent. Deposits to reserves that had been planned for FY 2024 and FY 2025 will be completed by the end of the current year — two years ahead of schedule — for a total of$19.5 billionsecured for a rainy day.   


In addition, the legislature agreed with the Governor’s proposal to further increase the statutory limit on allowable rainy day reserves. This will allow the State to continue to set aside unplanned resources to guard against future economic downturns.   


Driving Down Gun Violence and Creating a Safer New York State   


As part of efforts to create a safer New York, Governor Hochul and state leaders reached an agreement to give judges greater discretion to set bail for the most serious crime offenses. State investments will also expand programs and services to further drive down gun violence, reduce recidivism, address the flow of deadly fentanyl, and improve the efficacy of the court system, which was disrupted by the pandemic.   

  • $347 milliona $120 million increasefrom the FY 2023 Budget– for programs designed to prevent and reduce gun violence, including but not limited to:   

 $84.1 million for youth employment programs, of which $37 million is for programs in Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) jurisdictions.   

– $70 million for communities to respond to the aftermath of gun violence, of which $50 million is for community capital needs.   

– $36.4 million for the GIVE initiative.   

– $31.1 million for crime reduction, youth justice, and gang prevention programs.   

– $25.9 million for State Police Community Stabilization Units.   

– $25 million for the SNUG Street Outreach program.   

– $7.4 million in additional funding to establish a Supervision Against Violent Engagement program and expand the State’s response to gun violence among the parolee population in GIVE jurisdictions. 


Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Criminal Justice System


The Budget also includes funding to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the criminal justice system:   

  • $170 million to support improvements to the discovery process for prosecutors and defenders, including  $50 million  in capital for discovery technology improvements in New York City.   

  • $100 million in aid for prosecution and defense funding across the state.   

  • $92 million to offset county costs related to increasing rates paid to lawyers assigned to represent low-income New Yorkers. The Budget increases assigned counsel rates to $158 per hour statewide.   

  • $31.4 million for alternatives to incarceration programs.   

  • $20 million  for pretrial services.   

  • $11.5 million for reentry services to help individuals reintegrate to their communities after serving prison sentences.


Improving Public Safety and Protecting New Yorkers


The Budget also includes significant investments designed to protect New Yorkers, including:   

  • $105 million  to upgrade the State Emergency Operations Center.   

  • $100 million  to purchase and renovate a new satellite crime laboratory for the State Police.   

  • $66.7 million  to increase the number of State Police academy classes.   

  • $25 million  to provide capital grants to volunteer fire departments for construction, renovation, or purchase of facilities and equipment.   

  • $20 million to assist counties in transitioning to Next Generation 911.   

  • $10 million to provide stipends to volunteer firefighters who complete foundational training.   

  • $16 million for the state-supported Crime Analysis Center network.   

  • $7.4 million to allow State Police to keep pace with technology in criminal investigations.   

  • $7 million to establish an Anti-Fentanyl Innovation Grant.   

  • $5 million  to provide financial assistance to victims and survivors of domestic violence. 


Overhauling the Continuum of Mental Health Care


For too long, New York’s mental health care system has suffered from underinvestment, and the pandemic only made things harder for New Yorkers with serious mental illness. To address the unmet mental health needs of New Yorkers, Governor Hochul will make a long-term $1 billion investment to transform New York’s continuum of mental health care. This comprehensive, multi-year plan includes allocating:   

  • $890 million in capital to develop new residential units, plus $120 million in annual operating costs.   

  • $25 million in capital and $7.3 million annually to increase operational capacity for inpatient psychiatric treatment.   

  • $60 million in capital and $121.6 million annually to expand outpatient services.   

  • $28 million annually to improve post-discharge connections to services through the creation of 50 new Critical Time Intervention care coordination teams.   

  • $30 million annually to expand mental health services in schools.


Protecting Abortion Access and Strengthening New York State’s Safe Harbor Access 


Governor Hochul is committed to protecting abortion access in New York State, solidifying the state’s historic standing as the nation’s first Safe Harbor State. $100.7 million in State funding will boost New York abortion providers by increasing Medicaid reimbursements and require private insurers to cover medication abortion when prescribed off-label for abortion. Additionally, in light of national efforts to roll-back reproductive health care access, this historic measure will strongly protect the personal data of those seeking abortion care in New York State, regardless of state residency status.


The FY 2024 Budget allocates new funding for abortion providers and reproductive health to include:   

  • $25 million in recurring support for additional Support Abortion Access Services. 

  • $10 million in Security Grants for Reproductive Health Centers (one-time).   

  • $65.8 million in additional Medicaid reimbursement ($14.1 million state share):   

 $14.9 million to increase surgical abortion reimbursement;   

– $35.2 million to increase family planning reimbursement; and   

– $15.6 million for Pharmacist Prescribed Contraceptives.


Supporting Students and Schools


All New York students deserve a high-quality education, from prekindergarten through college. Governor Hochul included a record $34.5 billion in total School Aid for school year 2024, making the highest level of State aid ever, and also secured the reissuance of 22 charter schools. The Budget also includes significant investments for SUNY’s Transformation and CUNY’s Strategic Needs.


Funding for education includes:   

  • $24 billion for Foundation Aid – a $2.6 billion increase from last year – to deliver on Governor Hochul’s promise to fully fund Foundation Aid for the first time in history.   

  • $150 million expanding prekindergarten to 20,000 children across the state, bringing the State’s annual investment to more than $1.2 billion.   

  • $134 million to increase access to free school meals.   

  • $20 million for Early College High School and Pathways in Technology Early College High School funding to allow students to earn college credits in high school, prioritizing students in high-need school districts.   

  • $2.4billion in new funding for SUNY and CUNY capital projects to upgrade campus facilities and make strategic investments to support innovation and the growth of both systems.   

  • $381million in new operating support for SUNY and CUNY campuses.   

  • $500 million to create the first-ever New York State matching fund for contributions made to the endowments of SUNY’s four university centers.


Supporting Homeowners, Tenants, and Public Housing Residents  


Governor Hochul announced new efforts to support homeowners, tenants, and public housing residents as part of the FY 2024 Budget. The Budget includes historic investments in rental assistance for the most rent-burdened New Yorkers and residents of public and subsidized housing, funding support and assistance for homeowners, the creation of a nation-leading program to combat childhood lead exposure in residential buildings, the first-ever Upstate Tenant Protection Unit, and funding for legal services and representation for eviction cases statewide. Together, these initiatives reflect the Governor’s continued effort to combat New York’s housing crisis and make the state more affordable and more livable for all New Yorkers.


Funding for housing includes:   

  • $391 million for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to support additional tenants and families, including NYCHA and other public housing residents and recipients of federal Section 8 vouchers.   

  • $50 million  for a Homeowner Stabilization Fund to finance home repairs in 10 communities across the state that have been identified as having high levels of low-income homeowners of color and homeowner distress. The program is modeled on the $10 million Buffalo East Homeowner Improvement Program.   

  • $40 million  for the Homeowner Protection Program, which provides funding to dozens of nonprofit housing counseling and legal services organizations around the state to help homeowners in default and foreclosure. 


Expanding Public Transit Access, Affordability, and Safety


Over the past year, Governor Hochul has advanced the completion of the Long Island Rail Road’s Third Track project, open the nation’s newest rail terminal at Grand Central Madison, broke ground on the Metro-North Penn Station Access project, and pushed other major projects forward, including the Second Avenue Subway and the Interborough Express.


Governor Hochul has worked tirelessly with partners in the MTA, New York City, and the State to strengthen the long-term fiscal stability of the MTA, while ensuring continued progress in rider safety. The FY 2024 Budget calls for:   

  • Implementing over $400 million in MTA operating efficiencies to reduce expenses and improve service to customers.   

  • Increasing the top rate of the Payroll Mobility Tax for the largest businesses in New York City, generating an additional $1.1 billion annually.   

  • Increasing New York City’s share of funding for paratransit services for two years, generating nearly $165 million annually.   

  • $300 million in one-time State aid to address the extraordinary impact of the pandemic on MTA operating revenues.   

  • $35 million in investment to improve subway service on weekday middays, weekends and weeknights.   

  • $65 million to reduce the proposed fare increase on the MTA from 5.5 percent to 4 percent.   

  • $35 million in safety investments to protect riders.   

  • Dedicating $1.5 billion in licensing fees if three downstate casino licenses are awarded, and a share of an estimated $231 to $413 million in incremental annual tax revenue from the casinos for MTA operations.   

  • $15 million  to fund a pilot program providing five fare-free bus routes in New York City and expand the Automated Bus Lane Enforcement program to increase bus speeds and decrease collisions.


Governor Hochul will build on her record investing in transit by making a new historic contribution to expand public transit access and affordability while improving public safety on trains, buses, and subways, across the state.   

  • $9.4 billion in mass transit operating support, including $829 million in operating support for non-MTA authorities.   

  • $1.3 billion for a commuter-first Penn Station, the Western Hemisphere’s busiest transit hub.

  • $20 million for bus electrification for non-MTA authorities, and $20 million to rehabilitate NFTA’s light rail system.


Addressing the Climate Crisis and Investing in Affordable Energy   

New York State has one of the nation’s most ambitious climate plans focused on creating a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations. Governor Hochul will make transformative investments to combat climate change, promote energy affordability, reduce emissions, and invest in clean air and water, building on more than$30 billioncommitted to climate action.


The FY 2024 Budget will include:   

  • Creation of the financial foundation that is required to support an economy-wide“Cap and Invest” programgoing forward.   

  • $400 million to provide relief to New Yorkers experiencing high electric bills as well as lowering energy burdens through electrifications and retrofits.   

  • Requirements for advancing zero emission construction in new buildings and requires NYPA to complete decarbonization action plans for 15 of the highest-emitting state facilities.


In addition to forthcoming investments from the historic Environmental Bond Act passed by voters in 2022, the Enacted Budget includes:   

  • $500 million in clean water infrastructure funding, bringing New York’s total clean water infrastructure investment to $5 billion since 2017.   

  • $400 million for the Environmental Protection Fund.   

  • Authorizing Suffolk County to put a ballot referendum to the voters to implement a long-term plan to create a recurring funding source for wastewater infrastructure needs.   

  • $200 million for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to invest in enhancing state parks.


Boosting New York’s Economy and Supporting Working Families 


The FY 2024 Budget will strengthen the state’s economy and accelerate Governor Hochul’s vision of making New York the most business-friendly and worker-friendly state in the nation. The Budget will invest in local economies, raise minimum wage for three years and then tie future increases to inflation, and modernize New York’s public workforce.    


The Budget includes:   

  • $1 billion to invest in local economies, including:   

– $225 million in grant funding and tax credits for the Regional Economic Development Councils.  

– $100 million each to fund an additional year of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward.   

– $50 million for the RESTORE New York Communities Initiative.   

– $400 million for the NYWORKS Economic Development Fund.   

– Almost$200 million for projects that support community growth and enhancement.   

  • $45 million to be made available to GO-SEMI – the Governor’s Office of Semiconductor Expansion, Management, and Integration to lead the growth of the state’s semiconductor industry.   

  • Civil service exam fee waivers to rebuildNew York State’s government workforce through critical initiatives to be administered through the Department of Civil Service and Office of General Services.   

  • Expansion of the New York Film Tax Credit to $700 million.   

  • Creation of a Youth Jobs Connector program to provide educational support and job training to unemployed and underemployed people ages 16 to 24.


The Budget also includes actions to invest in child care and support working families:    

  • Expanding the Empire State Child Credit to include children under four years of age.   

  • Provide  $179 million  in total support for over 525,000 low and middle-income taxpayers thanks to the inclusion of nearly 630,000 additional children.   

  • $500 million  in underutilized federal funds to create a state Workforce Retention Grant Program to support New York’s child care workforce.   

  • $4.8 million  investment in a new Employer-Sponsored Child Care Pilot Program.   

  • Establishes ‘Employer Child Care Tax Credit’ for businesses that create new child care options and expand existing programs for their workers.


Creating a Stronger Health Care System


Building off last year’s historic multi-year health care system investments, the Budget provides an additional  $22 billion multi-year investment  to support the State’s health care system, including:    


  • Substantial Medicaid reimbursement rate increases – a 7.5 percent increase for inpatient hospital services, an up to 7.5 percent increase for nursing homes, and a 6.5 percent increase for outpatient hospital services and assisted living providers.   

– This transformational change will provide a  $1.2 billion  annual gross benefit to health care providers, on top of a State investment of  $500 million  to support financially distressed hospitals.    

  • $1.7 billion  to fully fund the consolidation of Wadsworth Laboratories’ five unconnected sites to one site on the W. Averell Harriman Campus in Albany by 2030.    

  • $1 billion  multi-year health care capital program to drive transformative health care investments, including $500 million to support investments in technology and cybersecurity.      

  • $419 million  gross investment to improve coverage and expand access to preventive and primary care services for Medicaid beneficiaries.    

  • $120 million  gross investment to expand the Medicaid buy-in program.    

  • $39 million  to reduce the risk of lead exposure in rental properties.    

  • $36 million  gross investment to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for medical transportation.    

  • $28 million  to support the creation of a new nation-leading health monitoring and surveillance system to inform targeted and appropriate responses to public health crises and to drive broader health care insight.    

  • $8 million  to revitalize the State’s Emergency Medical Services system.

  • Increase the cigarette tax by  $1.00  – establishing the strongest cigarette tax in the nation. 

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