ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Just after midnight, the State Assembly gave its final approval to Governor Andrew Cuomo's $135 billion budget. This is the third year in a row that the state assembly has passed an on-time budget, but local lawmakers say they were not happy overall with the passing. Some say it's bad for business and those with developmental disabilities.
Assemblywoman Jane Corwin said, "I think that the last two budgets made a lot more sense. They were objective, they were clear what those objectives were, and I agreed with them for the most part. This one, it was such a hodge podge, we're giving business tax credits in one breath, and we're taking away tax credits in another. At the end of the day I'm not sure if the people are going to better off for it or not."
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were upset during the late-night vote about the cutting of $90 million in funding, for people with developmental disabilities.
Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak said, "I think we're short changing a population, a segment of the population that could use the help, could use the funding for programs and services and for staff to take care of people in need, so that is my biggest regret in terms of the budget and what we didn't do a better job at."
Corwin says she found the budget to be bad for businesses. Corwin said, "The budget overall, and that's what I mean by lack of vision, is that we're not making a clear commitment to businesses, and it's very disappointing, I think the business community feels betrayed by the governor this year."
This is the third on time budget in a row as we mentioned, something that hasn't happened in close to 30 years. Also for the third year in a row, spending increases were held to under two percent.
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