Gov. Cuomo’s $168.2 billion budget proposal unveiled Tuesday afternoon includes provisions to pass the Child Victims Act and a study on whether to legalizing marijuana in New York.
The election-year budget also seeks to close a $4.4 billion budget deficit that Cuomo warned could be made worse by federal health care cuts and the GOP tax act that he says unfairly targets high-tax blue states like New York.
“Washington hit a button and launched an economic missile and it says ‘New York’ on it and it’s headed our way,” Cuomo said. “You know what my recommendation is? Get out of the way before it lands.”
Cuomo’s budget would raise total spending by 2.3%, though state taxpayer supported spending would grow by 1.9%, the eighth straight year it has been under the governor’s self-imposed 2% cap.