Senate’s ‘Brighter Future’ plan counters executive budget

ALBANY – With budget negotiations underway in the state capital, legislators in the Senate are gaining traction for a proposal that would, among other things, restore school funding and throw more money into infrastructure than was put forward in the governor’s executive budget proposal.

The senate on Thursday passed its “Brighter Future” budget proposal to counter Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget that was pitched to the public in January. Through cuts and trade-offs, the proposal would give more money back to property taxpayers, increase funding for public schools, make road and bridge repair a priority, and further invest in economic development.

According to State Senator Tom Libous (R-52nd District), the proposal also makes good on a promise to tighten state spending by restricting it to 2 percent.

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