Just got notification of an amended copy of the Education, Labor, Housing and Family Assistance (ELFA) Budget Bill.
The just released C-print of the ELFA budget bill includes a #Broadband program for low-income New Yorkers.
The ELFA Budget bill includes the "COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF 2021." Payments can cover rental and utility arrears going back to March 2020 and up to 3 months of prospective rent. Only "rent burdened" households can get prospective rent relief. #RentRelief
The ELFA budget bill includes language that appears to assuage concerns non-profits utilized by OCFS had about the state reducing their aid if they received PPP money.

The state won't recoup its funding if PPP $ used for pandemic expenses or to make up lost revenue.
The ELFA budget bill includes a program dealing with adverse childhood experiences.

We touched on this issue recently with @PCA_NY's Jenn O'Connor.

The ELFA budget bill includes the Community violence intervention act, a gun violence prevention measure championed by Sen. @zellnor4ny and Assemblymember @YourFavoriteASW.

We recently touched on this issue with @NYAGV1's Rebecca Fisher.


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Why doesn't online sports wagering violating the state constitution's strict restrictions on gambling?

Because it's the "sense of the legislature" that wagers cast electronically through equipment (a server) at a casino make it fine, according to new budget bill text.
It appears that mobile sports wagering platforms will be taxed at least 12%, but actually rates will be based on a competitive bidding process conducted by the Gaming Commission. In-person sports bets are taxed at 10% of "sports wagering gross gaming revenue."
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This was a priority of Assemblywoman @mwallace143.

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These types of local taxes are collected in a piecemeal fashion based on various county agreements.
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cc @NYMayors @NYSCounties
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The Public Protection and General Government #nybudget bill was amended. Does this mean the finish line is in sight?
Now let's scroll through the updated #nybudget text...
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