Continuing to work to shape public policy during this difficult time
During this extremely difficult time, the Schuyler Center team continues to work to shape public policy for people in need. Please check out our recent advocacy related to COVID-19, as well as the media we generated in the Times Union and the Daily Gazette relating to State budget issues.
During the last week of March/first week of April, the Governor, Senate, and Assembly finalized and passed the New York State Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget. It is a budget framed by the COVID-19 crisis, a previously existing deficit, and the unwillingness of the Governor and the Legislature to raise revenue. Budget negotiations were conducted remotely in the final weeks because the virus required social distancing. The Schuyler Center team is analyzing the final budget and we expect to release our detailed Last Look at the budget in the coming week. For now, feel free to take a look at Schuyler’s SFY 2020-21 budget priorities.
The President, Senate, and House of Representatives have passed several new laws to try to mitigate the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The laws provide financial assistance for States, small businesses, and individuals, but more is needed. A fourth relief package is being developed. One of the issues that gives us great concern as the crisis drags on: the growing toll isolation, uncertainty, and lack of resources will have on families – particularly those that were facing challenges before this crisis. We will be advocating with our national partners to ensure this fourth package – or a subsequent one – includes urgently needed funding to strengthen the state and local systems that prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect, and that address the needs of children, youth, and families already in the foster care system. We will also be seeking relief targeted to the communities of color and immigrant communities that are bearing the brunt of the pandemic, and are disproportionately serving in frontline roles as essential workers.
Coming soon! We’re developing a page of resources for families that will be on our website in the coming days. We hope this will be a useful resource for children and families across the state and we’re eager to hear from you about it.