Assembly passage is due later this week, putting the $136 billion spending plan in place before the April 1 deadline.
The 2013-14 spending plan would increase state spending just under 2 percent. The budget total is almost $143 billion when federal aid for Superstorm Sandy recovery is included.
The plan includes increases in school aid for all but one Erie County district, provides $60 million for the lease agreement and upgrades at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and spends overall 2 percent more than the prior year.
"We were able to put a billion dollars into education funding across New York State, " says Sen. Tim Kennedy, a South Buffalo Democrat.".. almost every district in Western New York will see education funding increased beacuse of this budget,"
In Erie County, the only district to receive less than it did last year is East Aurora, under new need-based formulas, according to Kennedy's office.
Here's a sampling of some of the education aid numbers outlined by the senator.
- Buffalo: Increase of $15,653,638 of 3.04%
- Cheektowaga: Increase of $706,199 or 7.66%
- Maryvale: Increase of$555,778 or 5.25%
- Cleve Hill: Increase: $168,605 or 1.8%
- Depew: Increase of $861,698 or 6.75%
- Sloan: Increase of $1,198,225 or 11.36%
- Lackawanna: $1,502,612 or 5.68%
The deal also includes raising the minimum wage of $7.25.
It allows a tax break on the state's wealthy to sunset next year, and provides a modest tax cut to middle class families. Legislative leaders say they and Gov. Andrew Cuomo plan to provide $350 rebates to middle class families as part of the state budget.
"While I am disappointed that tax relief– for small businesses, homeowners, seniors, and middle-class families– couldn’t be greater, the budget continues to move our State in the right direction by easing the tax burden for all Western New Yorkers," said Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Newstead) in a prepared statement.
The tax rebates would go to families with a household income of $40,000 to $300,000, with one or more children. Cuomo and legislative leaders continue to negotiate final elements of the budget.
The budget provides a new tax credit to any employer that hires a returning veteran and cuts the corporate tax on manufacturers as part of a three-year $800 million tax relief package designed to incentivize hiring and stimulate business growth. The state’s workers compensation and unemployment insurance regulations, two of the most burdensome mandates imposed on private businesses, are also structurally reformed to provide substantial regulatory relief to employers, according to a statement from Sen. Patrick Gallivan, (R-Elma)
The New York State Assembly meets to begin passing the budget bills on Thursday; and it will pass after agreement on the proposals was reached with both houses and the Governor March 20