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Mental Health Update

January 8, 2020
Mental Health Update

MH Update – 1/8/20 – Today’s State of the State and the call for Funding for the Human Services Sector

Former Governor Mario Cuomo had a famous quote, “You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose.”  That is exactly how I feel about the State of the State and the Budget. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State today is poetry, the budget (which is rumored to possibly coming out next week) is his prose.

Listed below is a Newsday article that summarizes some of the major issues being faced this year as the Legislative Session begins in Albany.

We will be advocating strongly throughout this legislative session, as part of the #3for#5 campaign, to support the entire human services sector in the call for a 3 percent across the board increase every year for the next 5 years.  We will need all of you to raise your voices this session for #3for#5.  This cannot happen without your advocacy.

More details will be forthcoming


Cuomo to kick off 2020 legislative session with State of State address

By Yancey Roy  @yanceyroy
Updated January 8, 2020 7:27 AM

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday will kick off the 2020 legislative session, with state lawmakers poised to see if they can match the breakneck pace of last year while dealing with a multibillion dollar deficit.

Cuomo, a Democrat, will deliver his State of the State address at 1:30 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, adjacent to the State Capitol.

The speech is typically a governor’s chance to outline his wish list for the year without having to really explain how to pay for everything. That will come when Cuomo proposes a budget, expected by Jan. 21.

The 2020 legislative session will mark Year Two of complete Democratic control of state government after the party was elected to the majority in the State Senate in 2018.

In 2019, Democrats approved a laundry list of high-profile legislation on abortion, climate change, farm labor, guns, immigration, sexual harassment and rent control.

This time, they plan to focus on issues including recreational marijuana, vaping, illegal dumping of toxic materials and, probably, new sources of revenue to offset the deficit — which could be as much as $6 billion.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) has said he’d rather raise more revenue than cut spending, particularly on health care.

Revenue-raising ideas Democrats have floated include legalizing and taxing marijuana; allowing sports betting on mobile devices; raising taxes on condominium and co-op apartments in Manhattan used as second homes; closing corporate tax loopholes; raising taxes on hedge funds, banks and private equities; and expanding the types of bottles and containers subject to the state bottle deposit law. Some groups might push for an environmental bond act to pay for cleanups.