CPC Statement On New York State FY25 Executive Budget & New York City FY25 Preliminary Budget
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
Date: January 19, 2024
Wayne Ho, President & CEO (email@example.com) | 212-941-0920 x 143
Alice Du, Director of Communications (firstname.lastname@example.org) | 212-792-4585
CPC STATEMENT ON NEW YORK STATE FY25 EXECUTIVE BUDGET & NEW YORK CITY FY25 PRELIMINARY BUDGET
New York, NY – This Tuesday, the Governor released New York State’s $223 billion FY25 Executive Budget, and the Mayor released New York City’s $109.4 billion preliminary budget. We are grateful for the critical investments and restorations made in these budgets. However, we urge both the Governor and the Mayor to ensure that the needs of all New Yorkers, especially Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI), low-income, and immigrant communities, are meaningfully addressed in their respective budgets.
“We are pleased to see that the State’s FY25 Executive Budget includes a 1.5% COLA for human service workers, but we will continue to advocate with our partners to ensure that we get the full 3.2% COLA for all human services workers and the wage board bill. We stand with the State’s fastest growing community to advocate for the AAPI Equity Budget. We were also glad to see that the City’s FY25 Preliminary Budget includes the restoration of programs like Community Schools and Summer Rising that have been essential to the development and enrichment of students. It is now more important than ever for the State and City to fully fund programs that ensure AAPI and immigrant community members can thrive, such as early childhood education, adult literacy, and immigrant legal services,” said Wayne Ho, President & CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC).
State’s FY25 Executive Budget:
CPC is delighted to see that the State’s Executive Budget includes $2.4 billion of funding for asylum seekers, $12.4 million for housing and service teams to support people struggling with their mental health, $33.5 billion for Medicaid, and $7.9 billion in State operating aid for the MTA.
CPC urges the State to:
● Uplift our most vulnerable communities by funding and expanding the AAPI Equity Budget, the Settlement House Program, Unemployment Bridge Program, Adult Literacy, senior services, and immigrant legal services
● Invest in our essential workforce through passing Just Pay, an increase in the wage floor of human services workers to $21/hour, and including all human services programs
● Support the Home Care Savings & Reinvestment Act to ensure Medicaid funding is being maximized for home care services
● Remove the Medicaid cap to increase funding for critical health care services
● Invest in Coverage for All that will extend Essential Plan to undocumented New Yorkers
● Pass the New York Health Act
● Pass additional revenue raising bills to make sure we can fully invest in our communities
City’s FY25 Preliminary Budget:
CPC is pleased that the City’s Preliminary Budget includes a restoration of $10 million to 170 Community Schools and $80 million for Summer Rising. However, this budget makes detrimental cuts to essential services and agencies like libraries which provides many low-income and immigrant communities with digital and resource access. The Department of Education, CUNY, and Department of Social Services remain on the chopping block despite providing lifesaving services to our AAPI, low-income, and immigrant communities. While the Mayor has scaled back on the cuts and restored funding for critical programs, we must ensure that the budget invests in essential services which make a livable and sustainable city.
We urge the Mayor and the City Council to:
● Fully fund human service agencies, which provide critical services for children, youth, seniors, low-income individuals, and other underserved New Yorkers
● Invest in a COLA and raise wages for human services workers through the Just Pay Campaign
● Expand language access, adult literacy, and senior services
● Invest in universal child care and Promise NYC (child care vouchers for undocumented children)
CPC looks forward to working with the State legislature, City Council, governmental partners, and community allies in ensuring that just and equitable budgets are passed on both the State and City level.
The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) is a social services organization that creates positive social change. Founded in 1965, CPC is the nation's largest Asian American social services organization and aims to promote the social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities of New York City. CPC is the trusted partner to individuals and families striving to achieve goals in their education, family, community, and career.
ACERCA DE CPC
El Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) es una organización de servicios sociales que crea un cambio social positivo. Fundada en 1965, CPC es la mayor organización de servicios sociales asiático-americanos del país y su objetivo es promover la capacitación social y económica de las comunidades chino-americanas, inmigrantes y de bajos ingresos de la ciudad de Nueva York. CPC es el socio de confianza de personas y familias que se esfuerzan por alcanzar objetivos en su educación, familia, comunidad y carrera.
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