The New York state budget passed just before the April 1st deadline. Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief and columnist for the Albany Times-Union, explains the winners and losers in this year's budget, and who spent the most money lobbying last year.
Some Highlights from the $141.3 billion Budget
- Starting 2014, families earning between $40,000 and $300,000 will be eligible for a $350/year new child tax credit.
- The so-called “millionaire’s tax” on top earners is extended through 2017; it was set to expire in 2014.
- The budget includes tax credits for businesses that hire youth and a permanent tax credit for those that hire veterans.
- Over the next three years, the minimum wage will incrementally increase from $7.25/hour to $9/hour.
- $90 million is cut to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.
- Education funding is increased by $1 billion.
- While the ban on seven-round magazines is suspended, the budget sets aside $28 million to create a state-wide gun database.