Extender legislation keeps New York workers paid during budget talks

Thousands of New York state government employees are assured they will be paid as budget negotiations continue past the April 1 deadline.

New York lawmakers have approved interim legislation to help keep state government functioning as overdue budget negotiations continue behind closed doors.

Governor Kathy Hochul and legislative leaders could not reach agreement on a state spending plan before the start of the new fiscal year on Friday. The “extender” appropriations bill sent to the Legislative Assembly on Monday, April 4 allows New York to meet its payroll and other obligations through Thursday, April 7.

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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a statement saying: “The passage of a budget extension bill will ensure that more than 60,000 state employees will be paid this week. However, given that the extension was passed after the time the CSO indicated that it had to be done to avoid disruption, there may be a delay and employees on the institutional payroll should watch closely.”

Changes to the state bond system, child care subsidies, use of a $10 billion surplus are still being discussed by state leaders as part of the budget of approximately $216 billion. Some lawmakers are also taking issue with Governor Kathy Hochul’s announcement last week about using tax money to fund a new stadium to keep the Buffalo Bills in New York. Officials from the governor’s office told the media the talks were progressing despite disagreements.

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