Your Guide to the 2024 State Budget Fight

We read the governor’s, Senate’s, and Assembly’s budget proposals — so you don’t have to.

New York Focus   ·   March 15, 2024
New York Governor Kathy Hochul at a podium next to her budget director, Blake Washington, with a binder, both superimposed over a photo of two stacks of paper files.
Governor Kathy Hochul and Budget Director Blake Washington highlighted Hochul's budget proposals on January 16, 2024. | Photo: Mike Groll / Office of Governor Kathy Hochul | Illustration: Maia Hibbett

Is New York about to slash school budgets? Cut Medicaid spending? Close prisons? The next few weeks will determine this and much more.

Between now and April 1, New York’s lawmakers will negotiate how to spend the state’s billions. They may or may not hit their April Fool’s Day budget deadline. Along with allocating state funding, they have to sort out a host of contentious policy issues, from health care workers’ wages to tenants’ rights. A key question, of course, is how much it will cost to run the state: Governor Kathy Hochul proposed total spending of $233 billion, while the Assembly and Senate want to go up to $246 billion.

They do agree on some things: providing billions to manage the influx of asylum seekers, for example, and overhauling the way kids learn to read. But in many areas, they differ sharply, like on what defines a hate crime and how much to spend on clean water projects. The answers depend on how the looming negotiations go.

This process is notoriously murky. Not only are discussions largely secret, but it can be hard to figure out where the various parties’ priorities lie. There isn’t any government body that prepares a comparison of the different proposals.

That’s where we come in. The New York Focus team has been analyzing the governor, state Senate, and state Assembly’s spending and policy proposals since they came out, and now we’re presenting our findings to our readers as budget season kicks into high gear. Use the table and drop-down arrows below to see where there’s agreement, where there’s conflict, and what’s on the table for New York’s fiscal future.

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Hochul’s proposed Medicaid cuts include $125 million from Health Homes, a program that connects the neediest New Yorkers with medical care, food assistance, and more.

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