Connections: The 2016-2017 New York State Budget

Apr 1, 2016

The final votes are being counted for the New York State budget, and the basic framework has been announced.

There will be an increase in the minimum wage, but Upstate New York will get less than New York City and Long Island. We'll talk about the schedule.

Paid family leave will happen. We'll talk about when it will take effect and how it will work.

We'll also talk about education funding: the gap elimination adjustment is gone. What will that mean for schools, and is it what advocates wanted?

Finally, why wasn't there an ethics deal in the budget? We'll work through all of these questions and more. Our guests:

  • Karen DeWitt, chief of WXXI's Capitol Bureau
  • Eamonn Scanlon, lead education organizer with Metro Justice
  • Tim Schiefen, owner of Certified Automotive Repair in Bloomfield
  • Brian Sampson, president of the state Associated Builders and Contractors