Bail reform changes, minimum wage hike among highlights of tentative $229B state budget deal

As part of the state budget deal, judges will now have more power when it comes to setting bail.

News 12 Staff

Apr 28, 2023, 10:03 AM

Updated 351 days ago

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Changes to bail reform and an increase in minimum wage are just some of the highlights agreed upon in the tentative state budget deal that was reached Thursday between lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul.
As part of the budget deal, judges will now have more power when it comes to setting bail. Under the agreement, judges can use the severity of the crime, and whether or not the defendant has access to a gun as factors in setting bail.
The $229 billion spending plan also calls for providing $1 billion to rebuild the state's mental health care system, as well as a record $34.5 billion investment in state schools.
Gov. Hochul says some of the details were still being fine tuned....but a vote to approve the budget is expected as early as next week...this is the latest budget in more than a decade.
Hochul says the state is also expanding the Child Tax Credit to include children under 4 years old.
In addition, she says to tackle the affordability crisis, the state budget will increase the minimum wage to $17 an hour and tie future wage increases to inflation.
Hochul's controversial proposal to mandate that municipalities increase new home building to attack the affordable housing crisis will not be in the budget.


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