Governor says ‘conceptual agreement on all issues’ regarding budget, but budget remains overdue

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – While Governor Cuomo says there is a “conceptual agreement on all issues,” the New York State budget remains several days overdue, and some issues remain a topic of discussion like funding excluded workers. That includes undocumented immigrants, and those recently released from incarceration.

Advocates marched down the state capitol concourse this afternoon calling for a $3.5 billion fund for excluded workers to be included in the state budget. Some of them have been on a hunger strike for 21 days.

“It is not lost on me that I received multiple stimulus packages, that I received a multitude of pandemic assistance in unemployment insurance, and I know that that money came from their taxes too,” said Josh Pacheco.

The Fund Excluded Workers Coalition says the money would help about 275,000 excluded workers, and the group wants the money to be accessible. 

“These folks have not received any money for over a year. They have families and they have children to feed. They are tired of asking,” said NYS Assemblymember Marcela Mitaynes.

Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt has spoken out against the fund saying, “… As New York families and businesses fight for their physical and economic well being, Democrats are raising taxes and using your federal stimulus dollars to enact a radical agenda rather than helping veterans, small main street businesses, teachers and senior citizens.”

We’ve not heard directly from the Governor on the issue.

The State Comptroller’s Office has said if a state budget is not adopted by today there could be a delay for 39,000 state workers’ paychecks. 

So far one budget bill, the debt services bill has passed. It’s not clear when lawmakers plan to pass the rest of the budget.

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