Minimum wage increase, abortion access services and more included in new state budget

Some of the key concerns the budget aims to tackle are improving public safety, health care and more.

News 12 Staff

May 3, 2023, 12:53 PM

Updated 407 days ago

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The New York State Senate has officially passed the $229 billion fiscal year 2023-2024 state budget.
Some of the key concerns the budget aims to tackle are improving public safety. This would be done by investing nearly $347 million in gun violence prevention initiatives.
Another initiative is to create a stronger health care system with an additional $1 billion in health care capital funding and expanding Medicaid coverage for low-income New Yorkers.
The state is doubling down on its promise to be a protector of women's reproduction rights and putting $25 million of recurring funds for additional abortion access services and $10 million in security grants for reproductive health centers.
When it comes to money in New Yorkers' pockets, the minimum wage is being raised to $16 an hour in New York City, Westchester and Long Island.
Almost $500 million in total is being allocated for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to support tenants and families, the Homeowner Protection Program and the Homeowner Stabilization Fund.


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