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Policy Matters April 2016: Keeping it Real


This year’s state budget process played out much like it always does – big dreams going in, hustling to make them happen, working with partners and legislative champions, making compromises, and, finally, ending up with a mixed bag of wins and losses.


The NYS Budget



The "Mothership" - General Budget Conference Committee


Not losses, exactly, but opportunities for future improvements, let’s say.

Empire Justice staff have put together a host of in depth articles walking you through everything you need to know about where our priorities landed.  We’ve got an update on funding for the Disability Advocacy Program, child care subsidies, civil legal services and access to health care, just to name a few.  And we’ve put together a write up of our “non-successes” (as we’re calling them around the office) that we’re keeping on our list for the rest of the legislative session.


Anne Erickson Testifying at the 2016 Public Protection Heari



President & CEO Anne Erickson testifies at the Public Protection budget hearing.


That’s it for now! 

The Policy Team at Empire Justice Center

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