ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The governor and legislative leaders have reached a framework on the state budget; however, the details are still being worked out.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced a budget agreement of $142 billion around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. But that agreement was just a framework. Ethics and education reform was still being worked on Monday.
Ethics reform and a $1.4 billion boost in education funding are included in the budget. Governor Cuomo has been adamant about including both from the beginning.
The school aid may come with some big changes to regulations. Included in the changes are new rules for turning around failing schools, a new process for firing teachers deemed ineffective and a plan for revising teacher evaluations.
“Right now the education runs are being worked on, and that’s not unusual. That’s always the last thing that’s completed,” Skelos said. “But we know there will be an increase in education of a billion-four. Some of it is expense driven. There will be a significant reduction in the gap elimination; well over 50 percent.”
In addition, Cuomo, Skelos and Heastie said the budget has the nation’s strongest disclosure laws for legislators when it comes to outside income.
A proposal to raise the minimum wage or offer greater property tax relief has been dropped from the final budget.