budget cuts http://wamc.org en Congressional Corner with Chris Gibson http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-chris-gibson-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The sequester has been the law of the land since March.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the budget cuts are not to his liking.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 66914 at http://wamc.org Pols React to USPS Plan to Continue Six-Day Delivery http://wamc.org/post/pols-react-usps-plan-continue-six-day-delivery <p></p><p>Local members of Congress are pleased to see the U.S. Postal Service withdraw its plan to halt Saturday mail delivery. But the decision still leaves several unsolved issues.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this week the U.S. Postal service announced that it would delay implementation of a plan to halt Saturday mail service sought by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.</p><p>The announcement came after the Board of Governors met to discuss a piece of legislation included in the Continuing Resolution passed by Congress last month that requires six-day mail delivery.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:40:26 +0000 Lucas Willard 62049 at http://wamc.org Pols React to USPS Plan to Continue Six-Day Delivery Mass. Arts and Culture Advocates Unhappy with Budget Recommendation http://wamc.org/post/mass-arts-and-culture-advocates-unhappy-budget-recommendation <p>Out of the cuts included in the House Ways and Means proposal, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a public agency that promotes investment in the arts and sciences, is facing a 15 percent reduction in state funding. And arts advocates are moving quickly.</p><p></p><p>Matt Wilson is head of MASSCreative, an organization that lobbies in support of cultural organizations and arts and sciences education.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:22:01 +0000 Lucas Willard 62042 at http://wamc.org Mass. Arts and Culture Advocates Unhappy with Budget Recommendation Feds Warn of Busy Weekend for NY's Border Crossings http://wamc.org/post/feds-warn-busy-weekend-nys-border-crossings <p></p><p></p><p>Federal officials are advising travelers to expect longer wait times during the Easter weekend at the border crossings with Canada in western and northern New York. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 01:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 61050 at http://wamc.org Feds Warn of Busy Weekend for NY's Border Crossings NY Budget Passes http://wamc.org/post/ny-budget-passes <p></p><p></p><p>New York State lawmakers were&nbsp; finished work on the state budget Thursday evening, completing the spending plan three days before the deadline. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Assembly held a marathon day of voting to wrap up work on the budget , after the State Senate finished up in a midnight session earlier.</p><p>Debate on the floor included criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, over $90 million dollars in cuts to providers of services for the developmentally disabled. Lawmakers have set up a task force to try to mitigate the cuts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:48:19 +0000 Karen Dewitt 60986 at http://wamc.org NY Budget Passes North Country Business Weigh in on Sequestration http://wamc.org/post/north-country-business-weigh-sequestration <p></p><p></p><p>The looming automatic federal budget cuts - or sequestration - will trickle down to all parts of the economy.&nbsp; During a meeting on business confidence, northern New York officials predicted serious consequences for some economic sectors in the region.&nbsp; They are also disappointed that Congress can’t, or won’t, work to find the 2-percent cuts in the federal budget. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 23:25:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 58736 at http://wamc.org North Country Business Weigh in on Sequestration White House says budget cuts to take effect Friday http://wamc.org/post/white-house-says-budget-cuts-take-effect-friday <p>The White House says about 12,000 civilians who work for the defense department in New York would be furloughed and funding for the operation of Army bases in the state would be cut by $108 million.</p><p>The state's schools and teachers are also at serious risk, as are efforts to protect clean air and water.</p><p>Massachusetts could lose tens of millions of dollars for education, environmental protection and child care, about $14 million for primary and secondary education, putting 190 teacher and aide jobs at risk.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:56:29 +0000 Associated Press 58495 at http://wamc.org White House says budget cuts to take effect Friday "Brooklyn Castle" screening at MASS MoCA http://wamc.org/post/brooklyn-castle-screening-mass-moca <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Tonight at 7:30 PM in their Club B10,<a href="http://www.massmoca.org"> MASS MoCA</a> will screen <a href="http://www.brooklyncastle.com"><em>Brooklyn Castle</em></a> as part of their Winter/Spring 2013 documentary film series, <em>Compete!</em>, celebrating films about winning, losing, and how you play the game.</p><p><em>Brooklyn Castle</em> is an engaging and heartwarming doc about the championship winning chess team at IS 318 - a below-the-poverty-line public school in Brooklyn. The film focuses on 5 incredible kids and their coaches and teachers as they battle their opponents as well as recessionary budget cuts that threaten all extracurricular activities at their school.</p><p>The film won an Audience Award at last year’s South by Southwest Film 2012 Documentary Spotlight and was one of the top 10 Audience Favourites at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.</p><p>Filmmaker, Katie Dellamaggiore, will do a Q&amp;A via Skype after the screening of <em>Brooklyn Castle</em> tonight at MASS MoCA and she joins us to talk about the film.</p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 58278 at http://wamc.org "Brooklyn Castle" screening at MASS MoCA Gov. Malloy Announces $170 in Conn. Budget Cuts http://wamc.org/post/gov-malloy-announces-170-conn-budget-cuts <p></p><p></p><p>Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is unveiling $170 million in spending reductions across state agencies, the first part of a plan to close Connecticut's current $365 million budget shortfall.</p><p>The Democrat released the list Wednesday. It includes nearly $161 million worth of reductions to executive branch agencies that range from a $33,957 cut to the governor's office to a $32.2 million reduction at the Department of Social Services.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 52902 at http://wamc.org Gov. Malloy Announces $170 in Conn. Budget Cuts Retired Air Force General To Defend Mass. Military Bases From Budget Cuts http://wamc.org/post/retired-air-force-general-defend-mass-military-bases-budget-cuts <p>A retired Air Force Brigadier&nbsp; General, Donald Quenneville is going to be managing&nbsp; the efforts in Massachusetts to protect the state&rsquo;s defense sector from federal budget cuts.&nbsp; Quenneville, who is a native of South Hadley,&nbsp; has&nbsp; been hired as executive director of&nbsp; the <a href="http://www.mass.gov/governor/administration/ltgov/lgcommittee/military/">Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force</a>.&nbsp; He&nbsp; spoke with WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Paul Tuthill.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 44641 at http://wamc.org Retired Air Force General To Defend Mass. Military Bases From Budget Cuts