The governor has announced his budget proposal, which outlined some of the main topics that my Assembly colleagues and I will be looking at in the coming months as we work to craft the final state budget. I was happy to hear the governor is willing to discuss ways to reform the bail laws that recently went into effect and look forward to working with him, as well as my Assembly colleagues, on this matter. Further, the governors proposal of an additional $10 million in census funding is a step in the right direction toward ensuring every New Yorker is counted.
The address included plans to reform the current Medicaid system with a new Medicaid Redesign Team, which will determine ways to reduce spending by finding industry efficiencies and additional sources of revenue. This will help root out waste, fraud and abuse, and also incentivize local governments to limit spending in the program.
The safety and well-being of Long Island families is my top priority, which is why I commend the governor for taking action against the skyrocketing cost of insulin by putting a cap on the cost of this lifesaving medication. I also support his interest in passing legislation to keep our youth safe from the vaping industry.
I look forward to learning more about how his proposal to cut taxes for the middle class will impact our Long Island communities. Further, the governor proposed $826 million to go toward school funding across the state and plans to reform the Foundation Aid formula to better support poor schools. Ill work hard to ensure our local schools are treated equitably.
I was happy to see that the governor announced a precedent-setting $33 billion to fight climate change, $3 billion for a Mother Nature Bond Act and a commitment to ban polluting Styrofoam. This is the kind of bold action we need and will go a long way toward ensuring a healthy future for generations to come.
Following the governors budget proposal, Im eager to begin working to build on this framework and craft a state budget that pushes Long Island forward.