State democrats discuss budget plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie laid out the plan he and his fellow democrats are pushing on Tuesday.

Heastie said the $150 billion budget will put families first and will focus on their economic independence and future well-being. Public education will receive $24 billion, which is an increase in funding and support.

The budget also calls for big jumps in the state minimum wage saying the current rate is a race to the bottom for New York families.

“The assembly budget will raise the minimum wage in NYC and the surrounding counties to $15 an hour by 2019,” Heastie said. “And raise the wage in the rest of the state to $12.60 by 2019. No one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.”

Democrats have a strong foothold in the assembly, but the republican led senate will announce its position on the budget on Thursday.

A spending plan is due April 1.

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