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Schuyler Center’s Last Look at the NYS 2017-18 Budget

Schuyler Center’s Last Look is a brief overview of how the enacted New York State 2017-2018 Budget advances policies that improve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers, especially those living in poverty. 

Schuyler Center’s Next Look at the NYS 2017-18 Budget

In January, the Schuyler Center shared its First Look at Governor Cuomo’s 2017-2018 Executive Budget with our assessment of how it advances policies that improve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers, especially those living in poverty. This is our Next Look, which provides an overview of how the Assembly and Senate budget proposals compare with the Governor’s priorities on several important issues.

Schuyler Center’s First Look at the NYS 2017-18 Executive Budget

Schuyler Center’s First Look is an initial assessment of New York State’s 2017-18 Executive Budget and how it advances priorities that improve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers, especially those living in poverty. Schuyler Center staff will spend the coming days gaining a deeper understanding of the Executive Budget and its impacts.


2017-18 Policy Positions

Supporting New York Children Impacted by Parental Detention or Deportation, May 2017

New York Children’s Advocates: “This Budget Does Not Reflect the State’s Commitment to its Children!”  April 10, 2017

Human Services Budget Priorities, March 2017

Kinship Services and the Kinship Navigator, January 2017

Expanding the Empire State Child Credit to Cover the Youngest New Yorkers, March 2017


2017-18 Testimony

Testimony before the Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families, Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families, and Assembly Legislative Task Force on Women’s Issues on Access to Quality Child Care Joint Hearing. May 23, 2017.  Presented by Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy on behalf of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, the Center for Children’s Initiatives and the Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College Campaign

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2017–18 Executive Budget Health/Medicaid Budget Hearing. February 16, 2017. Presented by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2017-18 Executive Budget Human Services Budget Hearing. February 8, 2017. Presented by Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy


2017-18 Policy Priorities:

Strengthen New York Children, Families, and Communities

The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy’s 2017-2018 policy priorities aim to support and strengthen the health, well-being and economic security of New York families, children and communities, particularly those who are disenfranchised. In addition to state-level policies, we will be attentive to proposed federal policy and funding changes that could significantly impact the health and well-being of New York State’s children and families. 

Our policy priorities are bulleted below.  Download a PDF of the full policy priorities.

Strengthen and Invest in Public Health and Health Coverage, Access and Care 

Promises to restructure Medicaid and dismantle the health care reform law threaten health coverage and access for millions of low-income New Yorkers. At the state level, New York is moving forward with transforming how medical services are delivered and paid for, particularly with value-based payment. It is essential that we maintain coverage and access to health care and that children’s interests are front and center. New York’s system reform provides opportunity to realize the value of the social determinants of health, the importance of early childhood development and prevention, and the impacts of trauma.

  • Include consumers and community members in payment and delivery system reform.  
  • Ensure that children’s health and development are addressed as New York undertakes payment and delivery system reform. 
  • Strengthen the children’s behavioral health care infrastructure and workforce. 
  • Invest in policies that prevent and treat dental disease, including community water fluoridation.

Strengthen Families and Promote Family Economic Security

Poverty and deprivation have numerous negative impacts on children’s health and development, with the impacts being most severe on very young children. Modest investments in home visiting, working family tax credits and quality child care and pre-kindergarten can yield tremendous immediate and long-term benefits to children—and significant savings to the State in the form of reduced welfare dependency, criminal justice involvement, and health care costs.

  • Expand and integrate maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting. 
  • Strengthen tax policies that make work pay for low- and moderate-income families. 
  • Expand access to affordable, quality child care and pre-kindergarten. 

Strengthen Families to Prevent Maltreatment, Enhance Kin Caregiver Programs, and Support Youth Transitioning Out of Care

New York’s child welfare financing law is up for renewal in 2017, providing an opportunity for the State to build upon the many strengths of its system. To that end, we recommend continuing the State’s strong commitment to preventive services and these targeted system improvements. 

  • Preserve open-ended preventive funding, restore State share to 65%, and track results.
  • Invest in kin care services and enhance the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP). 
  • Strengthen the child welfare housing subsidy program.
  • Support foster youth attending college.
  • Strengthen and support the child welfare workforce. 
  • Raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction. New York is one of only two states to automatically try all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the justice system.

Download a PDF of the full policy priorities.


Policy Positions

Too Many Children Still Waiting: Make Quality Early Learning a Priority in 2017 Budget, January 2017

 

 


 

2016 Legislative Advocacy

Legislative PrioritiesStrengthening Families with Young Children

First Look: NYS Budget 2016-17

Next LookNYS Budget 2016-17

Last LookNYS Budget 2016-17

2016-17 Legislative Priorities: End-of-Session Status

Policy Positions

Letter to Congresswoman Stefanik urging amendments to the House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill, April 27, 2016

Memo in Support of Assembly Anti-Poverty Initiative, March 22, 2016

Memo in Support of Comprehensive Family Economic Strengthening Package, March 22, 2016

Child Welfare: Foster College Success, March 2016

Invest in Kinship Services and the Kinship Navigator and Enhance the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program, February 2016

Maternal and Child Well-Being: Invest in Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting, February 2016

Primary Prevention: Targeted, Community-Based Family Strengthening Services, February 2016

Strengthen the Housing Subsidy for Foster Families and Youth, February 2016

Testimony

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2016-17 Executive Budget Human Services Budget Hearing. February 9, 2016.  Submitted by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2016-17 Executive Budget Mental Hygiene Budget Hearing. February 3, 2016.  Submitted by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2016-17 Executive Budget Health/Medicaid Budget Hearing. January 25, 2016. Presented by Bridget Walsh, Senior Policy Analyst, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.