posted on March 29, 2013 11:16
The state Assembly has signed off on the $141.3 billion budget after an emotional debate.
Many Republicans and some Democrats spoke out against the $90 million cut in services. Programs for the developmentally disabled were trimmed while provisions that aid the NFL and film industry were added. The budget also authorizes $350 tax rebate checks for families.
Lawmakers were racing against the clock to deliver a third-straight on-time budget ahead of the April 1 deadline. Governor Cuomo still has to sign the budget into law.
Absent $5 billion in federal storm aid and $1 billion in federal funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the budget totals $135.1 million.
Republicans and Democrats alike are unhappy over the amount of cuts to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in the budget deal.
The original $120 million planned cut to the office was reduced to $90 million, but leaders in both parties are vowing to take up the matter again after the budget is approved.
The Genesee ARC estimated that it could lose $600,000 under the original proposal. Executive Director Donna Saskowski said earlier this month that job losses and the elimination of some programs could result.
The OPWDD cuts were done in part to help pay down a $500 million cost to the federal government as part of the Medicaid overbilling dispute.