Lawmakers are voting on the 2014-15 budget — the Assembly has already passed the first budget bill while the Senate is in conference and a variety of about 200 demonstrators under the All of Us banner gathered in the Capitol’s War Room outside the governors chamber for what looked like a last-gasp, at least for now, cry against the spending plan which they say shortchanges public schools, the poor, homeless and others.
An important element of the Affordable Care Act is the availability of premium subsidies that help low and middle income Americans afford health insurance. The subsidies are available to people up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level. The vast majority of people signing up for health plans in their state or the federal marketplace are getting this kind of assistance: nationwide, 83% of those enrolled as of the end of February had qualified for subsidies.
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ALBANY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature reached a budget deal late Friday that would increase school aid by $1.1 billion, enact a public-campaign-financing system for the comptroller’s office and provide tax breaks to homeowners and businesses.
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ALBANY—State budget bills printed late Friday include public campaign financing for just one political office this year: The state comptroller, something good government advocates balked at as an overall failure to accomplish comprehensive campaign finance reform.
The budget bills appear to form the basis for a legislative agreement on the state budget, though leaders have yet to formally announce a deal.