Lawmakers pass state budget

Mar 31, 2018

State lawmakers will make it home for Easter as a new budget was passed late last night.

The $168 billion spending plan contains new sexual harassment measures, including ones that must be met by companies bidding on state contracts. Schools will see a $1 billion increase, and opioid manufacturers will be forced to contribute financially to drug abuse treatment programs. A state-funded bailout for two private casinos was not included, and ethics reforms also escaped inclusion once again.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo was pleased with the measures that address sexual harassment. He offered a view as to how widespread the problem has become, saying "We have a national scandal that has been revealed over weeks. We have revelations of deep-seated sexual harassment against women."

The passage ensures that the budget will be on time this year.