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Silver Emphasizes This Isn't Just Cuomo's Budget

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver released his own summary of the budget agreement reached in Albany, and its emphasis underscores that the deal that passed is not just Cuomo's handiwork.

In the 103-page "Summary of Conference Committee Agreements," there are 51 mentions of what the legislature rejects or rejected and 50 mentions of funding restored, restores, or restorations from the governor's proposal.

Some examples:

The Legislature rejects the Executive’s proposal, which substitutes digital for
newspaper publication of certain pre- and post-election related information, such as the text of proposed ballot questions, constitutional amendments, and the results of general elections.

An Executive proposal to impose a cap on non-economic damage awards is
rejected

The Legislature restores $57 million in SFY 2011-12 to the program which reflects an $86 million restoration to school districts on a School Year basis.

The Legislature rejects the Executive’s proposal to shift costs to school districts for the Summer School Special Education (4408) program.

The Legislature restores $3,000,000 for Aid to Public Libraries for a total of
$79,012,000.

The Legislature rejects the Executive proposal to transform Building Aid from a
reimbursable aid to a competitive grant program.

Support for domestic violence legal services is restored to a level of $2,468,000