NY gov. seeks to cut funds from 39 public health programs


Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing less funding for public health programs to increase spending efficiency, WAMC reports.

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Here are four things to know.

1. The governor wants to cut $25 million from 39 public health programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other conditions, according to the article.

2. The cuts are part of Gov. Cuomo's $152 billion proposed budget.

3. Ultimately, the state said, New York health officials will decide where to make the reductions, according to the report.

4. The proposed cuts to funds that support screenings for cervical and colorectal cancer faces opposition. The American Cancer Society, for instance, noted the importance of the program.

"It's a vital service," Julie Hart, government relations director for the American Cancer Society in New York, said, according to an Associated Press report published by News12 Brooklyn. "Over 25,000 New Yorkers received a free screening in the past year thanks to that program."


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