Paycheck Delays For State Workers Could Happen If New York’s Budget Isn’t Passed

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ALBANY – The state’s Comptroller is warning that government workers across New York could face paycheck delays if leaders in Albany fail to pass a state budget.

It has been five days past the deadline and New York is still waiting on a budget deal, and now, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is warning if one is not adopted by the end of the day April 5 tens of thousands of state workers could have their paychecks delayed.

“We have alerted the Governor and the state Legislature that if a state budget is not adopted on Monday, about 39,000 state workers may have a delay in receiving their paychecks,” said DiNapoli in a statement. “Many are essential workers who must show up at work every day and put in long, hard hours. For the workers that get paper checks or have payments set up on direct withdrawal, I urge them to be mindful of the impact of a late state budget on their personal finances.”

Over the weekend, lawmakers have been saying they are nearing an agreement.

A top sticking point in the roughly $200 billion spending bill is a proposal to raise taxes on millionaires. It’s something several GOP lawmakers are against after receiving federal pandemic aid.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed hesitation on the tax hike in the past.


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