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Local Leaders Review the New York State Budget Proposal


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Southern Tier leaders are going over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $137.2 billion budget proposal presented yesterday. 

State Senator Thomas Libous of Binghamton says one of the biggest issues he’s concerned about is the amount of state aid that is earmarked for Southern Tier schools.

The Republican says he’s pleased with proposals to implement a property tax freeze and a cut in manufacturing taxes to zero percent.

In a statement, Libous added he was especially pleased to see “that the governor included my proposal to restrict the use of EBT cards at liquor stores, casinos, gaming establishments and adult entertainment venues.”  Libous said, however the Democrat didn’t go as far has he had wanted.

Local leaders are also praising the inclusion of $10 million in the budget proposal to get plans rolling for the development of a Binghamton University Pharmacy Program in Broome County.

Senator Libous said it would take him weeks to review the proposed spending plan.

New York’s fiscal year begins April 1.

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