2019-2020 Legislative Session

Schuyler Center’s First Look at the New York State 2019-20 Executive Budget

Schuyler Center’s First Look is an initial assessment of New York State’s 2019-20 proposed 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, and working with lawmakers to achieve a final State budget that prioritizes investing in children and families, and reducing poverty and inequality.

2019-2020 Legislative Priorities

OVERVIEW.  ALL NEW YORK CHILDREN HAVE A FAIR OPPORTUNITY TO THRIVE. January 2019 

FIRST 3 YEARS OF LIFE.  GOAL: PRIORITIZE COMPREHENSIVE INVESTMENT AND INTEGRATED POLICIES TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ALL NEW YORKERS IN THEIR FIRST 3 YEARS OF LIFE. January 2019

FAMILY-BASED FOSTER CARE.  GOAL: EXPAND USE OF FAMILY-BASED FOSTER CARE, INCLUDING KINSHIP FOSTER CARE, RATHER THAN CONGREGATE CARE. January 2019

PREVENTIVE SERVICES.  GOAL: EXPAND AND IMPROVE PREVENTIVE SERVICES, PARTICULARLY PRIMARY PREVENTION, THAT HELP KEEP CHILDREN SAFE AND FAMILIES TOGETHER. January 2019 

WORKING FAMILY TAX CREDITS.  GOAL: STRENGTHEN NEW YORK’S WORKING FAMILY TAX CREDITS TO REDUCE CHILD POVERTY AND BOOST FAMILY ECONOMIC SECURITY. January 2019

EMPIRE STATE CHILD CREDIT.  GOAL: STRENGTHEN THE EMPIRE STATE CHILD CREDIT TO REDUCE POVERTY AMONG THE YOUNGEST NEW YORKERS. February 2019

AFFORDABLE, HIGH-QUALITY CHILD CARE.  GOAL: EXPAND ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, HIGH-QUALITY CHILD CARE TO ALL FAMILIES THAT NEED IT, AND ACHIEVE A FAMILY-SUSTAINING WAGE FOR CHILD CARE EDUCATORS. January 2019

PUBLIC HEALTH.  GOAL: PROTECT AND PROMOTE POPULATION HEALTH BY RATIONALIZING AND INCREASING INVESTMENTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH. January 2019

MATERNAL DEPRESSION.  GOAL: IMPROVE ACCESS TO PREVENTION, SCREENING AND TREATMENT FOR MATERNAL DEPRESSION. January 2019.

MATERNAL, INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD HOME VISITING.  GOAL: EXPAND ACCESS TO MATERNAL, INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD HOME VISITING PROGRAMS, SO THAT EVERY ELIGIBLE FAMILY THAT WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE RECEIVES SERVICES. January 2019

2020 CENSUS.  GOAL: ENSURE THAT NEW YORK’S YOUNG CHILDREN ARE COUNTED IN THE 2020 CENSUS IN ORDER TO PRESERVE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CRITICAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. January 2019

2019-2020 Policy Positions

Press Release. Child and social justice advocates, parents, and child care providers applaud the Senate and Assembly’s investment of $20M to enable more working families to access quality child care. March 14, 2019

Press Release.  Legislators, Fiscal Watchdog, Children and Social Justice Advocates and Faith Leaders Urge NY to Take Real Steps To Address Child Poverty and Provide Tax Relief to Low-Income Families by Strengthening NY’s EITC and Child Tax Credit. March 11, 2019

Reworking New York’s Family Tax Credits:  Expanding the Empire State Child Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit will Help Move Families and Children Out of Poverty, a brief by the Fiscal Policy Institute, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, and The Children’s Agenda. March 2019

MEMORANDUM Urging Legislature to Consider Marijuana Outside of Budget. March 8, 2019

Press Release. Parents, Providers and Advocates Express Disappointment that Child Care is Largely Overlooked in Governor Cuomo’s 2019 Women’s Agenda. February 20, 2019

Sign-on Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding 30-Day Amendments and the Census.  Press Release.  February 11, 2019

Letter to Governor Cuomo regarding Child Care Availability Task Force
In late November, The Schuyler Center, along with more than 80 child advocates, child care providers, parents, faith, labor and business leaders, delivered a letter to Governor Cuomo urging the new Child Care Availability Task Force to develop a bold, “comprehensive plan to restructure and improve the state’s child care system.”

Children’s advocates, early childhood experts, social justice and faith leaders urge Governor Cuomo to reduce child poverty and make work pay for low-wage working families by expanding and strengthening New York’s working family tax credits.  Schuyler Center and 19 partners sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that the Executive Budget include proposals to expand and strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the state’s child tax credit (called the Empire State Child Credit), and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC).

Testimony

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2019-20 Executive Budget on Taxes.  February 12, 2019. Presented by Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2019-20 Executive Budget on Heath/Medicaid.  February 5, 2019. Presented by Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2019-20 Executive Budget on Human Services. January 24, 2019. Presented by Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

 


2018 Budget Analyses

First Look:  NYS Budget 2018-19

Next Look:  NYS Budget 2018-19

Last Look:  NYS Budget 2018-19

Policy Positions

Letter to NYS Congressional Delegation Re. Members of NYS Child Care Community condemn federal policy of family separation and family detention at the U.S. border, July 2, 2018

Letter in Support of legislation strengthening family guardianship options, June 28, 2018

Memorandum in Support of legislation strengthening the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, June 19, 2018

Memorandum in Support of legislation expanding and strengthening the Empire State Child Credit for young children, June 14, 2018

Strengthening the Empire State Child Credit to Reduce Poverty Among the Youngest New Yorkers, April 2018

The Executive Budget Disproportionately Targets Low-Income Children: Legislators Need to Protect Them, February 2018

Social Services Policy Priorities, 2018-19, Strengthen New York’s Children, Families and Communities, January 2018

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

Testimony

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2018-19 Executive Budget Health/Medicaid Budget Hearing. February 12, 2018. Submitted by Kate Breslin, President & CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2018-19 Executive Budget Taxes Budget Hearing. February 8, 2018. Presented by Dorothy (Dede) Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Testimony before the Joint Fiscal Committees on the SFY 2018-19 Executive Budget Human Services Budget Hearing. February 6, 2018. Presented by Kari Siddiqui, Senior Policy Analyst, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

 


 

2017 Budget Analyses

First Look:  NYS Budget 2017-18

Next Look:  NYS Budget 2017-18

Last Look:  NYS Budget 2017-18

Policy Positions

Legislative Priorities: Strengthen New York Children, Families, and Communities

New York Advocates and Faith and Labor Leaders Urge Governor to Sign Bipartisan Child Care Task Force Bill, June 22, 2017

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

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

Kinship Services and the Kinship Navigator, January 2017

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

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


 

2016 Budget Analyses

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

Legislative PrioritiesStrengthening Families with Young Children

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.