Budget

Throughout the early stages of City Limits, we have briefly discussed the concept of food insecurity. How do families living in poverty function day to day when they are unsure of how they will obtain their next meal?

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Passage of the first city budget under the Walsh Administration went about as smoothly as could be expected as common councilors Monday gave it their stamp of approval with no changes.  Mayor Ben Walsh felt it was a good start of a productive working relationship with the council.

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Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh unveiled his first budget Monday in a way that he hopes sets a collaborative tone.  He brought his proposal directly to council chambers.

“We can’t do everything that we want to do on our own, nor can the council. We’ve developed very solid relationships and hopefully by being there, in the council chambers, we send a message that we’re going to continue that collaboration going forward,” said Walsh.

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The Onondaga County Executive unveiled her proposed budget for 2018 to County Lawmakers today trimming the budget by $15 million over last year.  She feels the $1.3 billion spending plan is a result of many factors including a significantly downsized staff of employees who take on more work.

Cuomo says Minimum Wage Increase Will Include a "Pause"

Mar 30, 2016
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Governor Cuomo says his minimum wage proposal now includes a pause in the phase in to $15 after three years,  to reassess the health of the state’s economy.

In Cuomo’s  latest plan, the $15 an hour minimum wage would be fully phased in in three years in New York City. The phase in for Long Island and upstate would be longer.  And Cuomo says after the first three years, there would be a break  to analyze the effects of the wage hikes so far  on the economies of those regions.

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Syracuse Area State Senator John DeFrancisco says controversial take it or leave it reforms within Governor Cuomo's proposed budget could make it the first late budget in four years. DeFrancisco chairs the Senate's Finance Committee, and says while they're willing to compromise, many are balking at proposed ethics and education reforms tied to critical funding.

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Spending will decrease, taxes rates will fall, and water and sewer rates will go up if Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s budget goes through as is.  She delivered her $1.24 billion spending plan Monday to lawmakers.    Mahoney says the property tax levy will drop by 1.2 percent, to a historic low.  

Mahoney Unveils 2014 Budget Plan

Sep 13, 2013
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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney presented her 2014 County Budget to the County Legislature today for review.