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Government Affairs Albany Update

April 4 , 2008

Budget Overview
Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky

The State Legislature continues to make slow progress in adopting the State Budget for Fiscal 2009. So far, the following bills have passed both houses:

Key provisions of these final budget bills are provided below.

TED Budget
Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky

The “Transportation/Environment/Economic Development” (TED) Article VII bill, S.6809-C/A.9809-C, passed the state legislature today. Most of the major economic development initiatives proposed in the Executive Budget the Upstate and Downstate Redevelopment Funds, the Investment Opportunity Fund, the creation of a new economic development power program have been dropped from this legislation.

Highlights of S.6809-C/A.9809-C include:

Health Budget
Staff Contact: Lev Ginsburg

In what the Paterson administration is calling a healthcare budget that “enacts historic healthcare reform” and takes “an important step forward in transforming (New York's) healthcare system to lower costs, increase access and invest in primary and preventive care”, the State Legislature approved the healthcare portion of the 2008-09 State Budget (A.9808-C) on Tuesday, April 1.

Taxes on Health Coverage

Movement toward Healthcare Reform, Investment in Primary & Preventive Care:

General Government Article VII Bill (S.6806-C/A.9806-C)
Staff Contact: Lev Ginsburg

The Public Protection and General Government Article VII Bill (S.6806-C/A.9806-C) has passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the Assembly.

Highlights include:

Many of the items proposed in the initial Executive Budget have been omitted from the agreed-upon bill; some issues are likely to be revisited post-budget. Among the items intentionally omitted from the budget bill include:

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Legislation Establishing E-Waste Collection and Disposal Program

The issue of electronic waste recycling continues to receive attention at the state and local level. In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has signed legislation which establishes an electronics collection, handling and disposal program for the City's electronic waste. It:

At the state level, both the Senate and Assembly have introduced separate measures addressing this issue-S.2763 and A.8444 respectively.

The Business Council supports an approach that would create a partnership between manufacturers, municipalities, and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to handle collection and transportation of electronic equipment. The burden of E-waste collection should not be placed solely on the manufacturers.

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