Cuomo administration cuts aid to addiction recovery services | Local News | Auburn, New York State | Auburnpub.com
The Cuomo administration recently cut state funding – worth about $ 74 million – to a number of cities, including Buffalo. The administration defined the cuts as funding that was “withheld” pending decisions in Washington on a stimulus package that a growing number of states say is needed to deal with Covid’s economic collapse .
Congress is due to return to Washington on July 20, when lawmakers are expected to consider a bailout for states and communities, including public schools. New York lawmakers are also due to return that day, and some lawmakers are pushing for a big tax hike program – aimed primarily at the rich and corporate – to reduce the need to cut spending.
Cuomo drives the tax train even harder than in other years because state lawmakers gave him extraordinary new powers to cut the state budget this year in different phases if tax revenues did not reach the levels of. previously promised expenses.
For drug and alcohol treatment providers, the shoe falls this week. Suppliers weren’t sure how much dollars in state aid Cuomo is being cut; all they were told was that the funding flow to communities to pay for services in the third quarter is down 31%.
Coppola, who represents treatment providers in Albany, said his group is seeking to convince Cuomo’s office that drug addiction programs should be spared any cuts given the additional demand for services during the pandemic. Providers offer treatment programs in schools and community agencies, outpatient clinics, hospitals, and other inpatient facilities.