Assembly Will Pass Budget Thursday
3/27/2013 (Updated 11:05:27 PM)The state Assembly will vote Thursday on the state budget--this after the state Senate passed the $135 billion spending plan early Wednesday morning.
The assembly is expected to pass the budget as well. It includes an increase in the minimum wage to nine dollars an hour by 2016, a middle-class tax rebate in 2014, and an increase in school aid to districts locally and throughout New York State.
"Broome County schools will be receiving about six million more in state aid than the Governor originally proposed," said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell).
"The numbers I'm getting is about a two-year school aid increase of 1.7 billion when you look at last year's increase and this year's increase," said Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R-Guilford).
Lupardo says the increase in local school aid would be made possible by changes in the funding formula, including the gap elimination adjustment used to help the state pay off it's debt.
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