Inside the Sausage Maker II: Final 2017 Budget
The State Budget is the single greatest responsibility that the Governor and state lawmakers have, as their negotiations set forth New York’s priorities and values for at least the next 12 months. This year’s budget came at a unique time as President Trump began the widespread dismantling of many of the health and environmental protections New Yorkers depend on, including attacks on air and water quality. Proposed federal budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could further endanger New Yorkers, as fewer resources means fewer environmental “cops on the beat”. This is a problem we already have here in New York due to years of flat budgets proposed by the Governor which have reduced the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) ability to carry out its growing responsibilities.