Budget complexities

Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Marie Waldron Special to Valley News The Legislature just passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022, and the Governor has until June 30 to sign it into law. Revisions are likely, and a series of “trailer bills” to fund specific programs will be considered over the coming months. More than $267 billion will be spent, including $195.5 billion from the General Fund. Positively, the budget increases funding for Special Education, including individuals with disabilities. More money for child care will expand access and increasing rates for providers will help attract and retain workers. Funding for Universal Transitional Kindergarten will ultimately establish TK for all 4-year-olds. The Department of Developmental Services providers will receive fairer compensation so families cont
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