Members of the New York Assembly work on passing budget bills at the state Capitol Friday, March 30, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

NY budget passes; has taxi fee, opioid tax, harassment rules

March 31, 2018 - 9:35 am

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York state have passed a new $168.3 billion state budget that includes surcharges on taxi, Uber and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy written following the #MeToo movement.

Members of the state Senate and Assembly worked into the early morning hours Saturday to complete their work on the spending plan before a new fiscal year begins Sunday.

The budget includes $1 billion in new education spending, investments in water quality and money to fight Lyme disease.

It contains one notable new tax, a fee on opioid manufacturers and distributors that will raise funds to combat addiction.

Lawmakers also inserted language to create a commission to examine whether members of the Senate and Assembly deserve a pay raise.

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