After weeks of negotiations, legislative leaders struck an agreement with Gov. Cuomo Friday night and approved all necessary legislation late Monday. The new state budget was on-time and will spend $137.2 billion, keeping budget growth below the State’s self-imposed two percent spending cap for the fourth consecutive year. 

Read Gov. Cuomo’s press release on the budget agreement.

Read Unshackle Upstate’s official statement on the 2014-15 budget agreement.

Unshackle Upstate and its strategic partners have worked tirelessly since the Governor outlined his budget priorities in January. After numerous trips to the Capital, countless meetings and conversations with lawmakers and the executive branch, and an extensive earned and social media effort to deliver the taxpayers’ and job creators’ message to Albany, we believe there are good proposals within this budget, and several significant measures that move New York in a positive direction.