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2013-14 Briefing Book Tues Morning

2013-14 Briefing Book Tues Morning

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Table of Contents
Director
s Message ....................................................................................................................................... 1
2013-14 Executive Budget
Financial Plan Summary ............................................................................................................................... 3Economic Development ................................................................................................................................ 7Reimagining Government ........................................................................................................................... 11Mandate Relief and Local Government Aid ............................................................................................... 15Responding to Sandy .................................................................................................................................. 21
Program Overview
Education and Arts ...................................................................................................................................... 25Environment and Energy ............................................................................................................................ 31Health Care ................................................................................................................................................. 37Higher Education ........................................................................................................................................ 43Human Services .......................................................................................................................................... 47Mental Hygiene ........................................................................................................................................... 53Public Safety ............................................................................................................................................... 59Revenue Actions and Tax Reform .............................................................................................................. 63State Workforce .......................................................................................................................................... 69Transportation ............................................................................................................................................. 73
Additional Information
Legislation Required for the Budget ........................................................................................................... 79Citizen
s Guide ........................................................................................................................................... 85
 
2013-14 New York State Executive Budget 1
Director 
s Message
This year has been one of tremendous progress but one also fraught with great challenges. The fiscalreforms enacted over the past two years have moved New York past the era of perpetual budget crisisand bolstered confidence in State government. But our mettle was tested by Superstorm Sandy, andthe size and scope of the recovery effort remains daunting.As this Budget shows, however, New York is up to the challenge. The General Fund budget gap for2013-14 was projected in January 2011 to be $17.4 billion. Achievements of the last two yearslowered the gap to $1.3 billion, and the gap is eliminated in this Executive Budget. For the third yearin a row, State Operations spending is held to two percent. The Budget honors the landmark two-yearappropriations in School Aid and Medicaid, with increases tied to underlying economic growth.Reforms that have established fiscal integrity, a property tax cap, a new pension system (Tier VI),and the lowest middle class tax rates in 58 years are already paying dividends to taxpayers.New York is on a new course. The budget process is no longer traumatic. Under Governor Cuomo
sleadership, enactment of the State Budget has been orderly and on time. After a period of severeinstability, the State
s finances are on solid footing. New York has the means to carefully target newinvestments within affordable limits to strengthen our infrastructure, promote the economic recovery,and prevent the imposition of new tax burdens on State taxpayers.In addition, the Executive Budget takes several steps to help local governments and schools managetheir own budgets. To build on the mandate relief enacted last year, this Budget provides a new TierVI savings financing option and gives additional mandate relief to help local governments operatemore efficiently and continue to provide services within the property tax cap
s limits. Additional one-time fiscal relief is also provided to assist school districts with extraordinary growth in pensions andthe impact of a down economy.The accomplishments of the past two years are, in large part, the result of public engagement andnew ideas from such entities as the Governor
s Medicaid Redesign Team and the Regional EconomicDevelopment Councils. Similar innovative thinking will be vital to the recovery from SuperstormSandy and the process of building back stronger than before.This challenge is daunting, but we have proven we can meet it. Under Governor Cuomo
s leadership,we have built credibility, we have balanced the budget, we have passed on-time budgets, and thepublic trust has been restored. New York is, indeed, on the rise.

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