New York budget: Senate approves raise the age, path to free college tuition, more

The New York State Senate passed a $163 billion budget on Sunday night, nine days after the fiscal year began.

Debates between lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over key issues led to the longest budget delay since the Democrat took office in 2011.

Those key issues included raising the age of criminal responsibility and free tuition for students of middle-income families. Here’s a look at those issues and more that are included in this year’s budget.

Raise the age

People under the age of 18, and accused of nonviolent crimes, will no longer be housed in adult jails and prisons. The measure, which will be phased in through October 2019, will leave North Carolina as the only state to automatically prosecute and imprison 16 and 17-year-olds as adults regardless of the crime.

Path to free college tuition 

State residents with household incomes under $100,000 will be able to enroll in state public colleges tuition-free. The income limit rises to $125,000 in three years.

Ride-hailing services to operate beyond NYC

Uber, Lyft other ride-hailing companies can operate in all of New York State. Sen. Timothy Kennedy, a Buffalo Democrat, said upstate New York can now join the 21st century.

Tax break for NYC real estate developers

The budget revives a program that give a tax cut to developers who set aside a certain number of affordable units in new buildings.

Water infrastructure

The plan funds $2.5 billion in clean water infrastructure projects, including fixing aging septic systems and replacing pipes.

Millionaire’s tax extended

The Millionaire’s tax, which is an 8.82 percent tax rate on individuals making more than $1 million a year, was extended for two more years to bring in more than $2 billion a year.

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