Gov. Cuomo explains plan to close expected $4.4 billion budget gap

(WIVB) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his $168 billion 2019 budget plan Tuesday in Albany.

Cuomo says he has a plan to help close the state’s expected $4.4 billion budget gap- and that includes implementing more than $1 billion in new fees or taxes.

However, the governor also says he wants to lower taxes for those making under $300,000 per year.

He proposed new taxes on health insurers and maintaining tax breaks for those enrolled in the STAR program. He also suggested adding a new tax on opioids sold in the state to raise millions and curb abuse.

Besides a three percent increase in education spending, Cuomo’s plan largely holds the line.

He also promised a tax break for middle income New Yorkers.

The governor also says he’s open to hearing more facts on making recreational marijuana legal in the state. He has been against it in the past, but now wants to know more about how other states are regulating it before moving forward. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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