“Today the United States House of Representatives voted to approve $26.1 billion for education jobs funding and Federal Medicaid assistance to the states. This action follows the Senate’s approval last week, and provides critical Medicaid and education dollars to New York State. I applaud Congress for overcoming partisan politics to pass this critical piece of legislation that will help keep people in their jobs.
“The extension of FMAP is expected to provide approximately $1.4 billion to the State over two budget years, with $800 million of that funding coming in the current fiscal year. Additionally, New York is expected to receive more than $600 million in funding to create and retain teacher jobs across the State in the 2010-11 school year.
“Dozens of states, including New York, had assumed enhanced FMAP funding in their current year budgets. Given growing uncertainty as to whether or not New York would receive FMAP funds and, if so, how much, I urged the State Legislature to create a contingency plan to keep the State’s budget in balance regardless of the final outcome. Though we are receiving less than we have originally projected, this contingency plan is in place, and we are able to make the necessary budget adjustments.
“I applaud President Obama for his leadership and would like to thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi for bringing the House back from recess and ensuring passage of this crucial vote, as well as the New York Congressional Delegation for their hard work on such an important piece of legislation for New York State and our country.”