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.
There is much to celebrate in this budget, most notably the fact that the budget contains historic legislation raising New York’s age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18. However, the budget failed in other respects to live up to promises the Governor and other State leaders have made to provide safe haven to low-income and disenfranchised New Yorkers. Instead, the Final Budget flat-funds or cuts many programs that provide essential support to low-income children and families, including cuts to already under-resourced child care and child welfare systems.
Schuyler Center’s Last Look provides an overview of the State budget – both the “wins” and the areas that saw cuts.