Most of the budget bills are out, and waiting to be voted on. What we know so far is devastating. This budget will cut funding for schools that are in urgent need or more resources, not less. It could cut funding for hospitals amidst a pandemic. The legislature is still considering rolling back the historic bail reform changes that keeps innocent New Yorkers out of over crowded jails. And there are still no additional protections for renters who can’t pay rent that’s due today.
We cannot allow this pandemic to deepen inequality in our state. Our State Senators and Assemblymembers must stand up for children, families, educators and healthcare workers, and reject any budget that cuts our health care, schools, and rolls back bail protections. Send an email to them now to VOTE NO on the state budget.
Our elected officials need to go back to the negotiation table and demand to make billionaires pay to invest in our communities. This is not a time to balance the budget on the backs of children and families. New York’s 112 billionaires with a combined wealth of $525 billion, nearly 5 times our entire state budget, need to pay more to protect our schools and hospitals.