STATE BUDGET UPDATE
State Budget Background
The State Legislature finally passed the 2017-18 State Budget on Sunday April 9th. The budget restored Title XX funding and restored the 25% match waiver language. While CSE saw an increase in funding, $3.35 million in funding for NY Connects was moved to the New York State Department of Health and carved-out under the Global Medicaid Cap. This means that there is a designated purpose for NY Connects under the Medicaid Global Cap which should protect it from being diverted. All NY Connects funding is now part of DOH under the Medicaid Global Cap program and out of NYSOFA. The budget included a total $34.7 million for two years for NY Connects under the Global Cap. $12 million of this is state dollars that will be expended by March 31, 2018. The remaining $22.7 million will be available for 2018-19 State budget. This amount can be adjusted upward if needed.
Proposed cuts to combat Elder Abuse were also restored; however, the direct care worker funds under SOFA are also not included.
Here are some of the highlights:
- An additional $875,000 for CSE;
- The 25% match waiver language is included for prior increases and these additional funds;
- Transportation was moved back to its own funding line;
- Restoration of elder abuse funding;
- NY Connects will be in the Medicaid Global Cap but will have funding carved-out specifically for its purpose;
- Maintenance of the funding for the Association for training, education and technical assistance.
This year’s budget also included additional funding for capital projects. The 2017-18 Enacted State Budget included $385 million for the State and Municipal Facilities Program which provides funding for various State and local capital projects, and new this year, vehicle purchases.
If you have a capital project in mind, you may wish to reach out to your Senator of Assemblymember to inquire about this program. Here are links to projects funded in prior years:https://www.nysenate.gov/open-data/new-york-state-and-municipal-facilities-program-project-nominationhttp://assembly.state.ny.us/statemunicipal/statemuni.pdfThe following types aging network projects were funded in the past:
- Renovation and Expansion of a Senior Center in Village of Garden City (Nassau County)
- Renovation of a Senior Center in the Town of Onondaga (Onondaga County)
- Renovations to the New Senior Citizen Center in the Village of Highland Falls (Orange County)
- Renovation of the Senior Center at the Lakeview Manor Building in the Town of Southeast (Putnam County)
- Restoration of Town Municipal Building and Senior Center in the Town of Lumberland (Sullivan County)
As you may be aware, this was a very difficult budget and many areas were cut drastically. Senator Serino and Assemblywoman Lupardo fought very hard to restore the many cuts and to add funding again this year for CSE in light of the budget restraints. We owe a big debt of gratitude to our two excellent Aging Committee champions in the Legislature in Senator Serino and Assemblywoman Lupardo.
Finally, make no mistake about it: your efforts made the difference this year! Thanks to your hard work, making office visits on Advocacy Day in February, making countless telephone calls to your legislators, being active in legislator’s districts office and sending in the thousands of petitions, letters and emails really helped get our message out in this very tough budget year. We will continue to advocate for older New Yorkers and work to make our voices heard during the rest of the Legislative Session and beyond. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Association on Aging in New York