January 13, 2016 under Policy, Advocacy & Research

Gov. Cuomo Outlines 2016 Agenda

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo unveils budget plan and 2016 initiatives during state of the state address.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2016 budget during his annual State of the State address. It includes some ambitious initiatives aimed at reducing poverty and economic inequity including funding to support Universal Pre-K, the expansion of youth jobs programs, transform troubled schools into community schools, and a plan to address homelessness and affordable housing. While the Governor continues to push for a $15 per hour minimum wage, his address did not include funding for government contracted nonprofit human services workers. We remain hopeful that the increase will be funded for the more than 100,000 workers, and will continue to advocate for the increase as we head Albany in the coming weeks.

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Below is a response to the Governor’s address from FPWA CEO and Executive Director, Jennifer Jones Austin.

“Governor Cuomo has laid out an ambitious, yet achievable agenda to combat poverty and reduce economic inequity. We stand with him in the fight to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour, and we remain hopeful that the increase will be funded for the more than 100,000 government contracted human services workers employed by nonprofits. We are especially pleased with the Governor’s monumental plan to increase emergency shelter, affordable housing and permanent supportive housing for vulnerable New Yorkers.”