State lawmakers in New York are warning that disagreements over changes to the state’s bail law and the expansion of housing are likely to lead to a budget that surpasses the April 1 deadline.
Governor Kathy Hochul has made it clear that her proposed changes to the state’s bail law and her housing plan are key issues in the budget talks.
While Democratic lawmakers, who control the state Senate and Assembly, have not publicly embraced Hochul’s bail law plan, the governor’s housing proposal has also been met with resistance from suburban officials. The plan aims to encourage the construction of 800,000 units of housing in the state over the next decade. However, progressive advocates have voiced concerns, calling for measures that make it harder for landlords to evict tenants and raise rents.
The budget talks have also centered around potential income tax rate increases for New Yorkers who earn over $5 million a year, a proposed increase in the state’s minimum wage, an expansion of charter schools, and rental assistance for low-income New Yorkers.
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