2017-04-12 / Features

Simotas Praises New State Budget As A Reflection Of New York Values


Assembly Member Aravella Simotas making her case on the New York State Assembly floor. Assembly Member Aravella Simotas making her case on the New York State Assembly floor. Assembly Member Aravella Simotas praised the passage of the 2017-2018 State Budget, which increases funding for public schools, protects public libraries, funds free tuition at SUNY and CUNY colleges and universities for eligible families, raises the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old, makes a massive investment in clean drinking water and provides a living wage for direct care workers who aid the developmentally disabled.

“Though we had a long, tough negotiation on the state budget this year, democracy worked and we came together to address many issues that are crucial to the well-being of all New Yorkers,” said Simotas.

“The budget is more than a spending plan, it’s a statement of our New York values and our commitment to the principle that when people are enabled to live good lives, our state will thrive. I am particularly proud that we raised the age of criminal responsibility and that we are no longer keeping company with North Carolina as the only other state to prosecute and incarcerate young teens as adults. That practice was cruel and counter-productive,” Simotas said.

“I am equally proud that we are providing students with the resources for a quality education from Pre-K through college, that we gave direct care workers a raise that reflects the difficult work they do and we have made sure New Yorkers don't have to worry about access to clean, safe drinking water,” said Simotas.

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