N.Y. Gov. Hochul proposes $233B budget with $2.4B for migrants

N.Y. Gov. Hochul proposes $233B budget with $2.4B for migrants

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By Tim Balk, Evan Simko-Bednarski, and Tea Kvetenadze | NY Daily News

ALBANY —  Gov. Hochul on Tuesday proposed a $233 billion budget that would include about $2.4 billion for the city’s migrant crisis, vowing not to raise taxes but declaring that the state “must support the City of New York in this moment.”

The governor continued her calls for more federal support to assist with the asylum seeker surge — saying that she would visit Washington, D.C., on Friday — but said she expected the city would continue to be “swimming against the tide” for the time being.

As part of her budget plan, Hochul said she would make a one-time dip into the state’s financial reserves to support the city with what she called a “humanitarian crisis.”

“We’re doing this not just because it’s the right thing to do,” the governor said in a speech from Albany. “We also know that companies won’t do business in New York if there are thousands of people sleeping on the streets.”

Almost 70,000 asylum seekers are in city care, according to government estimates. Throngs of migrants, many fleeing political upheaval and poverty in Central and South America, have streamed into the state since spring 2022, some apparently attracted by New York City’s unique rules requiring the government to shelter arrivals.

Hochul’s budget proposal sets off months of negotiations with lawmakers ahead of an April 1 deadline to pass the budget.

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