Cuomo’s Divisive Social Agenda Fails In Finalized State Budget

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, the New York State Legislature completed the passage of the 2019 New York State Budget. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the following remarks:

“New York voters concerned about the protection of human life and religious liberty will be relieved to hear that no damage was done regarding either of these two issues during the 2019 New York State Budget process.”

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo had littered his budget proposal with divisive social-issue bills like an abortion pill insurance mandate, a state constitutional amendment that could lead to problematic court decisions, a bill that could lead to a barrage of frivolous lawsuits against churches and nonprofits, and late-term abortion expansion. Thankfully, those damaging proposals were left on the cutting-room floor during budget negotiations. When Gov. Cuomo goes 0-for-4 on social issues, it’s a good day for the Empire State.”

“In addition, attempts by upstate Vegas-style casinos to obtain taxpayer-funded bailouts through the Budget also fell short.”

“While the budget process in New York leaves much to be desired, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and the Senate Republican Conference deserve our thanks for their willingness to listen to the concerns expressed by NYCF and others about the Governor’s budget proposal, and for their unwillingness to allow Gov. Cuomo to link divisive social-issue proposals to the 2019 State Budget.”