Over the weekend, the New York State Senate and Assembly released their one-house budget proposals. In response to these proposals, we’ve released a coalition statement, which you can read below:
The Senate and Assembly’s one-house budgets do not go far enough, and do not move fast enough, to either decrease climate pollution or protect our communities—especially Black, Brown, Indigenous, and low-income communities on the front lines—from stronger storms, increased flooding, and devastating heat waves inflicted by the climate crisis. Though there are particular proposals in each budget that NY Renews supports, overall these budgets fail to invest in climate solutions at the scale needed to support a just transition.
Before the budget is finalized, the Legislature and Governor must create a long-term funding mechanism to ensure annual and dependable investments in climate justice. Anything less means New Yorkers will continue to pay the price with our culture, land, and lives.