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Breaking down Gov. Cuomo’s $178 billion budget for New York state

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his executive budget proposals for the 2021 fiscal year Tuesday.

The budget total comes to about $178 billion.

Some of the big budget proposals this year include more money towards climate change initiatives and infrastructure improvements. The governor also spoke about plans to fix the $6.1 billion budget gap.

Cuomo began his speech with a $33 billion plan over the course of five years to address climate change. Plans include proposals for offshore wind and clean energy research.

“New York has to be the state that stands up and says once and for all, ‘we have to do more and have to do it faster and pledge the largest amount of any state,” Cuomo said.

The governor also has a $275 billion infrastructure plan that will include projects for bridges and roads in Upstate New York.

Cuomo also touched on marijuana legalization, pushing lawmakers to include it in their budget.

However, the state also has to address the $6.1 billion budget gap. With much of that money stemming from Medicaid spending, Cuomo is putting together a research team to look into long term care costs.

“The Medicaid system has to be sustainable,” Cuomo said.

Another issue was looking into the funding formula for schools to give poorer schools more state aid.

Gov. Cuomo’s 2021 Budget Book

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