Weather: Today will be mostly sunny with a high approaching 70. Expect it to dip to the high 40 this evening under clear skies.
Parking on the alternate side: In force until April 29 (Maundy Thursday, Orthodox).
On Tuesday, New York state leaders announced they had reached an agreement on a $ 212 billion budget.
The deal, almost a week after the April 1 budget deadline, is chock-full of proposals long favored by Democratic lawmakers, like raising taxes on the rich.
Much of the budget – which includes assistance to tenants, undocumented immigrants and business owners – is intended to fuel New York’s recovery from an economically devastating pandemic.
The budget has yet to be passed by the Legislative Assembly and approved by the Governor. Here are three key elements of the state budget, explained:
[What’s in the state’s $212 billion budget deal.]
Tax hikes for the rich and businesses
Despite Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s longstanding stance against raising taxes on the wealthy, Democrats have managed to include an increase in the income tax rate for individuals earning more than $ 1 million and couples earning over $ 2 million, as well as two new tax brackets for incomes over $ 5 million. and $ 25 million.
The changes are expected to generate more than $ 4 billion in additional revenue each year, although Republicans have warned that tax hikes could drive wealthy residents out of the state.
If these changes in the budget are passed, New York’s wealthiest residents would face the highest combined personal income tax rates in the country.
The $ 2.1 billion fund for undocumented workers
The budget provides one-time payments for undocumented workers who do not qualify for federal stimulus checks or unemployment benefits. Applicants for the fund will need to provide documents to verify their identity, residence and eligibility.
Many undocumented immigrants work in essential jobs in restaurants, on construction sites, and in food delivery. Activists and workers recently staged protests in New York City calling on lawmakers to include aid in the budget.
Some Democrats have opposed the fund, fearing the return of moderate suburban voters in 2022. State Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy criticized the fund, calling it “waking madness.”
Relief programs for tenants and landlords
The budget provides $ 2.3 billion in federal funds for tenants who are behind on rent and at risk of eviction.
The proposed rent relief program would help cover up to 12 months of past rent and utilities and three months of future rent for those who qualify.
The agreement devotes additional funds to tackling housing problems made worse by the pandemic. It includes $ 250 million for the New York City Public Housing Administration and $ 100 million to convert hotels and vacant properties into affordable housing.
And finally: a bus full of vaccines
A candy-colored bus is parked in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park today. Instead of commuters, it carries vaccines.
On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the city’s first mobile vaccination bus, which carries workers capable of delivering up to 200 doses per day. The bus is part of a fleet of mobile vaccination vehicles that will travel to neighborhoods hard hit by the virus.
During the first week of the bus, the city will prioritize the vaccination of restaurateurs and delivery people.
“It’s an approach that will really help us reach a lot of people who have been missed so far,” the mayor said.
The bus has six examination rooms for people to get vaccinated and a refrigerator to keep doses cool, said Dr Ted Long, executive director of the city’s Test & Trace Corps.
Restaurateurs and delivery people can make appointments by calling 1-833-762-7692 or emailing email@example.com.
It’s Wednesday – take care of yourself.
Metropolitan newspaper: Friday for a walk
It’s love at first sight
carrying a briefcase, looking straight ahead.
Bryant Park at right, posing for photos.
When a horse eats an apple offered by a little girl,
all traffic lights get out of bed
and turns green.
High heels walking on Fifth Avenue.
Fifth Avenue is a good sport.
Bryant Park around the corner
don’t mind the caracoling butterfly
on the three o’clock side,
the hour in the city visiting friends.
The streets relax to dance
take note of clothing stores
flapping their eyelashes
and smiling as you walk.
– Ernest Slyman
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