Contact Us

Libous: Budget Talks Continue on Specific Issues

Bob Joseph/WNBF News file photo

There’s a conceptual agreement on a New York state budget but plenty of details still have to be addressed before a final spending plan is adopted by lawmakers.

Senator Thomas Libous says among the issues to be determined is the size of funding cuts for programs that help New Yorkers with disabilities.

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program Thursday morning, Libous said negotiations were continuing on the reductions that would affect the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.

The Binghamton Republican said seem to be making progress for “some sort of a restoration” but supporters of additional funding are having a “tough time getting that through.”

Libous said efforts continue to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget director that the funding is “critically important.”

Although Libous had been opposed to plans to raise the state’s minimum wage, he said the compromise that’s been developed is “somewhat reasonable.” The plan would increase the minimum wage in phases and it would not rise automatically in future years.

Libous said discussions were continuing on the so-called “tip wage” which applies to restaurant workers. He said a proposal would raise the tip wage from five dollars to six dollars an hour.

Voting on budget bills in the Senate and Assembly is expected to get underway this weekend.

New York’s fiscal year starts April 1.

More from WNBF

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wnbf.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on WNBF News Radio 1290 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on WNBF News Radio 1290 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!