Senator James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) announced that the State Senate passed its one-house proposal for the 2021-2022 state budget. Senator Skoufis fought to ensure that the Hudson Valley continues to be prioritized and we get our fair share of funding to Rockland, Orange, and Ulster counties. Now, negotiations will begin towards a final budget that is due on April 1.
Skoufis said, “I am grateful that the Senate budget proposal includes the magnitude of funding needed for our local municipalities, taxpayers, and schools to continue recovering from the past year. Our proposal presents a clear picture of the needs of our state and district: tax relief, support for schools, including bringing universal pre-k to the rest of the state outside New York City, and funding for essential local projects.”
“I’ll continue to push for infrastructure funding for our local roads to be included in the final budget, as well as a five-year capital plan that allows for the expansion of Route 17 to three lanes in Orange County. There’s much to be done protecting the public’s health, getting vaccines to every New Yorker who wants one, and rebuilding our economy. I know New Yorkers’ resilience will continue to push us forward and I’m ready for all the work to come.”
Skoufis supported a modest 1-3% increase (1% for single filers earning above $1 million, 3% for single filers earning above $25 million) in personal income tax rates to ensure we have sufficient funding for our schools, hospitals, and workforce. Concurrently, Skoufis successfully fought back on attempts to increase taxes on New Yorkers earning under $1 million annually - only millionaires will see a modest increase in their tax payments pursuant to this budget proposal.