Budget

With a projected multibillion-dollar deficit and looming federal changes that could cost the state billions more, the biggest obstacle in the upcoming 2018 legislative session will be balancing the state budget.

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Without debate or discussion, Erie County legislators Thursday unanimously approved a budget for next year.

The House budget plan would slash spending by $5.4 trillion over 10 years, including more than $4 trillion in cuts to mandatory spending like Medicaid and Medicare, while ramping up defense spending.

The state budget has been in place for just less than two months and already there are signs that tax revenues may be significantly lower than expected. Anticipated federal tax reductions later this year may be one of the reasons.

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Buffalo Common Councilmembers made minimal changes, as they approved Mayor Byron Brown's half-billion-dollar city budget proposal Tuesday, which holds the line on taxes.

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Calling it "on time and balanced" for the 12th straight year, Buffalo mayor Byron Brown has released his spending plan for the city's next fiscal year. It holds the lines on taxes but uses $12 million from the city's reserves.


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New York State lawmakers have agreed upon a new $153 billion budget that is expected to be approved next week.

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New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says there is a possible compromise to resolve the ongoing state budget stalemate - but the leader of the Senate says there is no final agreement.

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School districts have been left in limbo, with the passage of a New York state budget extender instead of an approved spending plan.

New York lawmakers will soon begin several weeks of hearings on Governor Cuomo's $152 billion state budget proposal.

A speedy passage of Erie County's budget for next year temporarily stalled Tuesday over $100,000 to help Visit Buffalo Niagara's efforts to legalize use of ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, Upstate.

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The office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has completed a review of the 2017 budget being proposed for the City of Lockport.

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With the proposed Buffalo school budget slated to pull millions of dollars out of thinning reserves to balance the spending plan, board members spent several hours Wednesday night looking for savings.


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Buffalo schools need to cut $4 million more from a planned $856 million spending plan to make it balance.


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A backroom fight over the budget for Erie Community College is turning into a major public fight between two of the area's most visible public figures, County Executive Mark Poloncarz and college president Jack Quinn.


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State lawmakers went down to the wire Thursday night on meeting the state budget deadline and voting continued Friday, once all of the budget bills are finalized.


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A left leaning thank tank is out with its assessment of Governor Cuomo’s budget. They say there’s a lot to like and dislike about it.


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The property tax levy growth for school districts in the state are expected to remain relatively flat for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

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US Senator Charles Schumer is criticizing a proposal that would cut funds for the fight against bird flu.

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The state budget might end up in court under some scenarios, as state lawmakers are discussing possible legal action against Governor Cuomo’s budget, and his proposal to link a number of unrelated items, like ethics reform and education changes, to the spending plan. 

Upstate NY CEO poll shows good outlook for 2015

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A poll of upstate New York CEOs finds companies are more positive and prepared to do business in the coming year.

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Bank settlements will be contributing to a $5 billion windfall that New York State will be able to spread over its annual budgets beginning in 2015.

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Drawing nearly a million visitors to Buffalo's waterfront this past summer cost more than expected. As a result, the current contract for Canalside has been increased 50 percent.

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A trio of local lawmakers are preparing to lobby Albany for increased NFTA funding in Governor Cuomo's latest budget proposal.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2014-2015 state budget Tuesday. The $137.2 billion spending plan includes more money for schools, including a phase-in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs. It would also freeze property taxes for two years, if local governments cooperate.

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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster appeared before the City Council Tuesday to deliver his budget. That's 11 months after a disaster budget, because the fight between Albany and the Seneca Nation had cut off the flow of casino revenues, depleting the city's cash.

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The budget battle in Niagara Falls continues.

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A member of the Erie County Fiscal Authority is pushing to eliminate a proposed property tax hike in the county budget.

Finance committee chairman Brian Lipke is requesting that County Executive Mark Poloncarz review the budget to identify any discretionary spending that could be reduced. Poloncarz's budget includes a 3.4 percent hike in property taxes.

Lipke asserts that residents are overtaxed already and he is hoping the tax hike can be avoided.

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Residents in the City of Niagara Falls will have to wait until at least next week before getting a glimpse of the city's 2013 budget.

Mayor Paul Dyster announced on Friday that presentation of the budget will be delayed until at least Monday. Dyster claims that the financial challenges facing the Falls are making it imperative that the budget be carefully planned.

He claims that more time is needed to get the budget right.

Dyster calls it a "disaster budget" and a "dire" situation.

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The October 1 deadline came and went without a proposed budget from Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, the first late budget for the Cataract City in 11 years.

Mayor Dyster sent a letter to the City Council yesterday afternoon informing them that he needed more time to complete the budget process.    

Dyster points out the casino compact dispute between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians has shortchanged the city nearly $60 million over the past three years.