Welcome to the latest edition of this NYC civics-focused newsletter. I’m journalist Felipe De La Hoz, and I am pleased to inform you that we are now officially in budget season! What’s that, you ask? It’s the magical time of the year when legislators hash out how they’re going to spend the hundreds of billions of dollars that make up New York State’s massive annual budget. This week, Gov. Kathy Hochul released her plan, proposing an unprecedentedly large fiscal year 2023 budget of $216 billion, a figure so large that it exceeds the 2020 government budget of the entire nation of Norway, and is about $40 billion more than New York’s pre-pandemic fiscal year 2020 budget.