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Governor's Budget Information Sources

On Tuesday, January 19, Gov. Paterson presented the Executive Budget for 2010/2011 to the New York State Legislature. The budget documents as well as a video of Gov. Paterson’s budget address are available at http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/2010budgetaddress.html . The budget for 2010/2011 covers spending for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2010 and ending March 31, 2011.

The Governor’s budget proposal includes appropriation bills which will be considered and amended by the New York State Legislature. Once the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate agree on, and pass the appropriation bills they become law with the exception of the appropriation bills for the Legislative and Judiciary spending. The Governor must approve or disapprove the latter two bills. The New York State Division of Budget has made a description of the budget process, the Citizen’s Guide, available at http://www.budget.state.ny.us/citizen/process/process.html .

Here are some key Internet sites regarding the NYS budget and the budget process:

New York State Division of Budget - http://www.budget.state.ny.us/
Includes budget documents for the 2010/2011 budget as well as an archive for budget documents back to 1999/2000.
New York State Assembly - http://assembly.state.ny.us/comm/
The Ways and Means Committee has primary responsibility for the appropriation bills.
New York State Senate - http://www.nysenate.gov/
The Finance Committee has primary responsibility for the appropriation bills.
Office of the State Comptroller – http://www.osc.state.nu.us/
Provides analysis of the budget and the state’s fiscal condition
Department of Taxation and Finance – http;//www.tax.state.ny.us/
Information on the state’s revenue collections and projections.
Citizens Budget Commission - http://www.cbcny.org/
CBC "is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic organization devoted to influencing constructive change in the finances and services of NYC and NYS government."