ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday signed a $220 billion state budget that’s expected to rely on an influx of federal funds and higher-than-expected tax revenues. The bill signing comes over a week past the original April 1 deadline. Disagreements over policy issues held up passage of the spending plan, which was also used to tackle issues expected to resonate with voters during an election year. State lawmakers had debated into the early morning hours over the one-year budget that is set to boost pay for health care and home care workers, shave 16 cents off the cost of a gallon of gas through December and help New Yorkers with unpaid rent and utility bills.
Photo: A budget bill is stamped as members of the Senate debate and pass budget bills during a legislative session in the Senate Chamber at the state Capitol, Friday, April 8, 2022, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)