blair horner http://wamc.org en Blair Horner: Health Inequality Grows http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-health-inequality-grows-2 <p>A recent report by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) took a close look at how companies weigh some of the non-driving related factors when they provide price quotes to consumers.&nbsp; What NYPIRG found was startling.&nbsp; All else being&nbsp;equal, for three of the top five insurers in New&nbsp;York, a low wage worker with a high school degree could pay anywhere from 19%-41% <em>more</em> than a college educated professional for the <em>exact same coverage</em>.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 88673 at http://wamc.org Blair Horner: Once Again, Feds Have To Fix Albany http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-once-again-feds-have-fix-albany <p>Once again, New Yorkers have had to hope that federal prosecutors can clean up Albany.&nbsp;&nbsp;When Governor Cuomo unceremoniously pulled the plug on the Moreland Act Commission Investigating Public Corruption as part of a deal with legislative leaders in exchange for weak ethics reforms, even the most optimistic New Yorkers were left depressed.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 88164 at http://wamc.org Blair Horner: A Milestone In Helping The Uninsured http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-milestone-helping-uninsured <p>The nation hit a milestone last week:&nbsp; the deadline for signing up for coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; Despite an unbelievable torrent of mistakes, criticisms, deceptive ads, and outright lies (remember the claims of so-called “death panels”?), enrollment in newly-created health marketplaces hit an estimated 7 million enrollees – the goal set by the Administration last June.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 87623 at http://wamc.org Blair Horner: Albany's Campaign Finance Bait-And-Switch http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-albanys-campaign-finance-bait-and-switch <p align="left">Once the state's political leaders got past the congratulatory "atta-boys" and backslapping on their most recent effort to reform Albany, the public was left to dig through the details of the legislative agreement.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 87088 at http://wamc.org New York Comptroller: Finance Plan "Seriously Flawed" http://wamc.org/post/new-york-comptroller-finance-plan-seriously-flawed <p>New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says a test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is “seriously flawed,” and might even be unworkable.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:12:38 +0000 Karen Dewitt 87092 at http://wamc.org New York Comptroller: Finance Plan "Seriously Flawed" Blair Horner: The Final Push On The Budget http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-final-push-budget <p>Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are coming down the homestretch in the budget negotiations for the fiscal year starting April 1<sup>st</sup>.&nbsp; The budget negotiations have, so far, been typical in some ways and highly contentious in others.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 86571 at http://wamc.org Blair Horner: Sunshine Week Shines A Light On The Darkness Of NYS Government http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-sunshine-week-shines-light-darkness-nys-government <p>This week, the nation focuses on America’s commitment to government openness during “Sunshine Week.”&nbsp; “Sunshine Week” makes it clear that it is important to maintain an open government, in order to ensure the proper relationship between public officials and the citizens they are pledged to serve.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 86026 at http://wamc.org Blair Horner: A Budget Issue Worth Fighting For http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-budget-issue-worth-fighting <p>There is a lot in New York State’s budget that is important. Children need schooling, the poor and the sick need to be taken care of, the roads and bridges need repair, the public needs to be protected, and the courts need to administer justice.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 85020 at http://wamc.org Blair Horner: The Governor's Historic Opportunity http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-governors-historic-opportunity <p>Lawmakers return to the Capitol this week to tackle the big issue of the session: approving a state budget.&nbsp; As part of that $140 billion plus decision, lawmakers will be forced to also debate a key issue: reforming the state’s campaign finance and ethics laws.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 84522 at http://wamc.org Blair Horner: Big Tobacco Rises From The Ashes Again http://wamc.org/post/blair-horner-big-tobacco-rises-ashes-again <p>It wasn’t long ago when it seemed that the tobacco lobby’s stranglehold over New York policymaking was finally broken.&nbsp; In addition to federal court decisions, state actions were being taken.&nbsp; During the years of the Pataki Administration, the state raised its tobacco tax, enacted one of the nation’s most sweeping restrictions on smoking in public places and in work environments. The Spitzer Administration bolstered funding for the state’s tobacco control efforts, helping it rise to the 5<sup>th</sup><sup> </sup>most well-resourced program in the nation.&nbsp; In the Paterson Administration, New York raised its tobacco tax rate to the highest in the nation.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Blair Horner 83918 at http://wamc.org