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Hochul emerges from budget talks rebellious, but not unscathed


Democratic lawmakers were forced to reach bitter compromises with Ms Hochul that alienated some of the party’s vocal left wing. Many spoke out forcefully not only against the changes to the bond and the NFL subsidy, but also against the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from some state programs and what they saw as too modest salary increases. for home workers.

The emerging budget deal has led many left-leaning Democrats to draw parallels between Ms. Hochul and Mr. Cuomo, with Michael Gianaris, the Deputy Senate Majority Leader, comparing them “in terms of pursuing corporate interests and its ideological position. ”

Legislative Democrats got their own policy priorities, however, moving Ms. Hochul to the left on some issues and convincing her to spend $4 billion more than she originally proposed. And the budget deal was as much a budget blueprint as it was a policy document, filled with potentially voter-friendly measures that Ms. Hochul, along with many Democratic lawmakers, will rally on the campaign trail.

Bruce Gyory, a Democratic political consultant, said that despite criticism, the budget included a balance of policies that could help Democrats statewide in November, saying Ms. Hochul “tailored what you might call a vital center strategy”.

“There’s always a rugby scrum in the budget,” he said. “But then, once the budget is passed, everyone who voted for it joins the parade to try to get the message across that it was a good budget.”

Lawmakers were still voting on the budget Friday, but as part of the deal, the state will make a series of targeted changes and expansions to existing bail laws and impose tougher rules for repeat offenders. Despite Ms. Hochul’s efforts, this will not create a new standard for judges to assess the danger a defendant poses to others on bail.

State Senator Diane J. Savino, a moderate Democrat from Staten Island, said Senate Democrats ultimately agreed to bail out the changes due to the number of lawmakers, especially members from upstate and suburbs, which felt the “pressure” of their voters.

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