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New York Gov. Hochul signs 2022 budget totalling $220 billion, partly funded by federal aid

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the long-awaited state budget, ringing in at a total of $220 billion, partially funded by federal aid and surplus money.

The bill, which was contested several times over policy disagreements, gives many New Yorkers financial relief over the next year. Included in the budget are plans for property tax rebates, gas tax cuts, housing help, healthcare improvements, and increased childcare subsidies.

The governor specifically pointed to a part of the bill that focuses on bail reform, allowing judges to hold on bail those who are charged with gun crimes, hate crimes and repeat offenses. “It’s an important step for giving our local leaders the changes that are needed to make our communities, their communities safer,” Hochul said.

The gas tax cut will run from June through the end of 2022, shaving 16 cents per gallon off the price of New Yorkers’ fuel amid rising gas prices.

The bill also aims to provide relief to small and local businesses by allowing a period of 3 years where the carryout and delivery of alcoholic beverages will be legal, but the customer must also order food and the drinks must be in sealed containers.

“We want to continue bringing relief to those mom and pop small businesses and local restaurants. They really bore the brunt of shutdowns and pandemic restrictions,” Hochul said.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: TIMES UNION

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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