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Advocates: State budget boosts human services, but leaves cost of living challenges unaddressed

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New York has passed its FY 2025 budget, aiming to improve conditions for marginalized communities with significant investments in human services. The $237 billion budget was praised for its enhancements to wages for human service workers and support measures like supplemental child tax credits, according to Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO of FPWA.


Despite these advancements, the budget has been criticized for not fully addressing the wider issue of living costs in the state. Advocates highlight the need for a more accurate assessment of the cost of living to better support New Yorkers struggling with income inadequacy. Calls for increased cash assistance and housing protections are among the top priorities for future amendments.

FPWA continues to work with policymakers to promote economic security and justice. The organization stresses the importance of comprehensive policies that not only meet basic needs but also provide a stable economic foundation for all New Yorkers.