STATE BUDGET APPROVED–STARTING CONGESTION PRICING INTO MANHATTAN IN 2021, MORE SCHOOL AID, BAIL REFORM, NO APPROVAL OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA, 2% TAX CAP FOREVER, RAISES FOR GOVERNOR, LAWMAKERS. 2% INCREASE IN BUDGET TO $175 BILLIONPosted by On


WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. From the Governor’s Office. March 31, 2019:

The state lawmakers and governor will get raises in pay (legislators to $170,000 a year) as part of the agreement reached Saturday between Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and state house leaders. The budget is expected to be passed this evening because the raises only go into effect if the budget is not late.

The governor was able to get agreement on his main issues:

The 2% tax cap on school and city budgets is to be made permanent.

Congestion pricing for motor vehicle entry into Manhattan at below 61st Street was agreed to, (to pay for MTA improvements to the New York Subway system). Congestion pricing will not begin until 2021.

A panel will be appointed to determine which of 12 nyc bridges would be subject to congestion pricing raises (currently 59th Street bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg…



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