The state budget: What they’re saying

.cms-textAlign-left{text-align:left;}.cms-textAlign-center{text-align:center;}.cms-textAlign-right{text-align:right;} January 16, 2024 - Albany, NY - Governor Kathy Hochul presents the Fiscal Year 2025 Executive Budget in the Red Room at the State Capitol.

Gov. Kathy Hochul presented her state budget Tuesday for the fiscal year that starts April 1. | Mike Groll/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul

Legislative leaders had a generally amicable response to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s budget presentation on Tuesday — for now.

“I like the fact that most of the time we are talking about the same things; we see the same issues as important,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins told reporters. “We need all those things – environment, housing, education, health care.”

But there will be plenty of room for speedbumps as lawmakers begin to go over the details that will be made public in the coming hours.

Hochul’s plan to “right-size” healthcare spending is the type of proposal that tends to attract multimillion dollar campaigns in opposition, and legislators are unlikely to embrace new housing plans that come without added tenant protections.

Education might wind up being one of the

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