by Pete Nabozny, Director of Policy, The Children’s Agenda
Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2022 Executive Budget on January 19th. The Children’s Agenda has conducted an initial review of the proposed budget, as we work with partners around the state, including our local legislative delegation, to ensure that children and families get the support they need to thrive. The COVID-19 pandemic caused great harm to many families in New York State –from disease, social isolation, economic loss, and other factors. Lawmakers need to ensure that New York’s budget prioritizes children, especially the most vulnerable, to help recover from the trauma of the past year.
While The Children’s Agenda monitors many issues affecting children, we have identified 2021 state legislative priorities in four major areas: Child Care, Developmental Services, P-12 Education, and Child Poverty. The Governor’s actions related to those items in the 2021 state budget are below:
The Children’s Agenda’s View:
The 2021-22 New York State proposed Executive Budget is highly dependent on additional relief from the federal government, and only contains modest new revenue to reduce the state’s daunting budget deficit. And while it does contain several promising proposals, especially the effort to reduce child care parent co-pays, it falls short of addressing the enormous needs of New York’s children. We look forward to working with our legislative delegation to strengthen the 2021-22 budget for children and families throughout New York State, especially here in Monroe County.
The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.