As we all continue to digest the devastating cuts and actions that were in this year’s budget, we are also faced with the looming threat of even more potential harm. This past weekend, Governor Cuomo’s Budget Director, Robert Mujica, announced that the state is facing a potential budget gap of $13 billion as a result of COVID-19. As a result of this, he is implementing the powers provided to him through the budget, that allow him to make unilateral cuts, unless the Legislature provides an alternative spending plan within 10 days of his announced plan to meet the new spending target he has set.
As a result of this effort, eight NYS Senators are joining together to brief New Yorkers on the situation, including potential actions that can be taken throughout the remainder of the Legislative year. While the meeting will not focus exclusively on Medicaid, it is important for these elected representatives to hear about the importance of safeguarding Medicaid, and also for us to hear about the plans that our allies in the Legislature are considering to make it out of this without even deeper cuts, and possibly undoing some of what has been done.
From the Senators’ announcement, here is more information about the Virtual Town Hall, and a link to register can be found by clicking here:
The Fight Ahead / La Lucha Por Delante
Wednesday / miércoles 29 April 2020
Join Senators Alessandra Biaggi, Andrew Gounardes, Jessica Ramos, John Liu, Julia Salazar, Rachel May, Robert Jackson, and Zellnor Myrie, in partnership with the Fiscal Policy Institute, for The Fight Ahead: A Virtual Conversation on New York’s COVID-19 Response. We will be looking toward the rest of the legislative session to discuss bills that need to be passed in order to raise revenues, prevent drastic cuts to essential social services, relieve the pressure tenants currently face, and more.
View the event at 5:30pm on Wednesday here:
Únase a Senadores Alessandra Biaggi, Andrew Gounardes, Jessica Ramos, John Liu, Julia Salazar, Rachel May, Robert Jackson, y Zellnor Myrie, en colaboración con el Instituto de Política Fiscal, para La Lucha Por Delante: Una Conversación Virtual sobre la Reacción de Nueva York al Coronavirus. Echamos un vistazo hacia el resto de la sesión legislativa para discutir proyectos de ley que tenemos que aprobar para aumentar ingresos, prevenir recortes drásticas a servicios sociales imprescindibles, aliviar la presión que enfrenta a inquilinxs en este momento, y más.
Vea el evento a las 5:30pm este miércoles aquí. Para interpretación simultánea en español, llame a 351.999.3430.