Boston, MA – All the glory of the victory in last November's election is now a distant memory -- and for freshmen lawmakers on Beacon Hill it's time to get to work. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief John Krol spent yesterday with one of those freshman.
Plattsburgh, NY – he Bush proposed budget would cut funds to the low income heating assistance program known as LIHEAP by 8-point 4 percent. Program directors and low income advocates across our region say if the cuts are approved, it could force poor families and the elderly to choose between paying for food, medication or heat. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – SUNY Chancellor Bob King defended his plan to raise tuition gradually at public colleges each year. King was grilled by state lawmakers examining Governor Pataki's state budget plan. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.
Kingston, NY – Some legislators and environmentalists in New York say President Bush's proposed budget for fiscal year 2006 hurts taxpayers with regard to the superfund program. At least one lawmaker says she is calling for the Bush administration to reverse course. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Ottawa, CA – Right-wing Christian fundamentalists from the US are apparently wading into Canada's same-sex marriage debate. People from mid-western states, who won't say who they represent other than to say that they work for Jesus, have been phoning members of Canada's Parliament to tell them how to vote on the recently introduced Civil Marriage Act. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is urging state lawmakers to modernize voting in New York. He warns that without quick action, New York could lose federal money and risk serious voting procedure problems in the 2006 elections. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.
Albany, NY – A New York State fund responsible for paying out workers comp checks to injured workers whose insurance companies have folded, is headed for bankruptcy by the end of the month. A legislative hearing next week will focus on possible remedies. More from WAMC's Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – The New York State Association of Realtors says the cost of buying an existing single-family home soared by nearly 37-percent in New York between 2002 and 2004. Affordable housing advocates agree with the real estate agents' group's warning that some people in the state are in danger of being priced out of their local housing markets. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.