Five issues coming up after the state budget

Pablo Tucker
March 31, 2019

NY will be the third state banning single-use plastic bags, once it begins in March 2020, following California and Hawaii.

Cuomo and legislative leaders Andrea Stewart-Cousins of the Senate and Carl Heastie of the Assembly announced the agreement in a statement at 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Lawmakers are planning to return to the Capitol for a rare Sunday session to begin voting on budget bills.

"With this smart, multi-pronged action NY will be leading the way to protect our natural resources now and for future generations of New Yorkers", Cuomo, who proposed a ban in his $175 billion budget proposal, said in a statement Friday.

"I think we're at the finish line", Stewart-Cousins said.

"New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on most types of single-use plastic bags from retail sales, changing a way of life for millions of New Yorkers as legislators seek to curb an unsightly and omnipresent source of litter", reports the New York Times.

Part of the criminal justice reform includes changes to the state's cash bail system.

"New York had a chance to show real leadership and came up short", said Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of NY, according to the Times.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said repeatedly that he will not accept a budget without at least a commitment to public campaign finance, said on WCNY's "The Capitol Pressroom" that he realizes there are obstacles. She believes that would have helped encourage people to bring their own bags to shops. They would also get to keep 2 cents of the fee from each bag.

"It would require producers of a lot of food to donate any excess food", Moran said.

Major issues that didn't make it into the spending plan include legalization of recreational marijuana. Cuomo and party leaders have said the issue is too complex to rush.

Lawmakers met behind closed doors at the Capitol Saturday to finalize agreements on various aspects of the budget. Cuomo said Friday that lawmakers need more time to work out the details to regulation.

Supporters of renewing and expanding tenant protections have gotten off to a running start.

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