New York's $168 billion budget deal: The highlights
Albany, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new $168 billion budget deal ahead of Sunday's deadline.
Some of the major highlights include a tax rate reduction for the middle class tax. Also, billions more for education and free tuition for SUNY schools.
The governor says the budget also includes what he calls the most aggressive anti-sexual harassment agenda in the country, which requires training and policy for all state contractors.
The budget also requires rape kit storage to be extended from 30 days to 20 years.
Friday night, Senator Joe Robach of Greece said the budget includes $40 million for the Lake Ontario flood relief program.
The state budget also includes a two-cent-per-milligram tax on opioid manufacturers. Critics, including pharmaceutical companies, say this could increase costs for consumers, potentially limit access New Yorkers have to medicine they need to treat their pain, and that this doesn't truly address the opioid epidemic.