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Bail reform, alcohol to-go sales among key hot button issues attached to state budget

State senator Jabari Brisport tells News 12 that bail reform seems to be the big hold up.

News 12 Staff

Mar 31, 2022, 2:11 AM

Updated 811 days ago

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The clock is ticking for lawmakers in Albany to finalize the $216 billion state budget ahead of the April 1 deadline.
There are many hot button issues attached to the budget, including bail reform, alcohol to-go sales and increased funding for SUNY and CUNY schools.
Fair pay for home care workers and universal child care statewide are also under consideration.
Assemblyman Kenny Burgos says this year's budget is something that New Yorkers will benefit from.
"Once all is said and done and the dust has settled, this is a budget they can be extremely proud of," says Burgos. "We are working for middle class families, putting in those accelerated tax cuts, we're working towards child care, we're working towards health care, we're looking to improve schools. I think this is a budget that, if you look back in history, will be one of the greatest budgets the state has passed in decades."
Senator Jabari Brisport tells News 12 that bail reform seems to be the big hold up.
"To be brutally honest, the bail reform changes have sucked all the oxygen out of the room," says Brisport. "It is as if we cannot get anything else done because of the governor's decision to ram changes that have nothing to do with money through the state budget."
If lawmakers fail to come to an agreement by Friday, an extension can be requested.


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