2014 federal budget

Still No Budget Deal In Albany

Mar 28, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement after the time for an expected announcement came and went on Friday.

    After months of gridlock in Washington, a budget agreement was reached.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that there’s good news for the Nutmeg State in the deal.

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A two year, roughly $1 trillion federal spending plan is in the hands of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. But, the bipartisanship deal that has made it’s way through both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate does not address unemployment benefits set to run out by the end of the month.

Benefits are set to expire on December 28th for about 1.3 million longterm unemployed Americans. Massachusetts U.S. Senator Edward Markey says he will work with fellow democrats to address the issue.

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A bipartisan budget deal won final approval in the Congress last week. It averts the threat of another government shutdown and eases the impact of the across-the-board  spending cuts known as sequestration.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jo Comerford, executive director of the National Priorities Project about what the budget deal means.

Massachusetts Fair Share

While many kids are preparing for the start of the school, federal budget cuts are leaving some in Massachusetts unsure about what the school year holds.

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WASHINGTON – President Obama’s proposed 2014 federal budget includes an additional $100 million for the Department of Labor to spend on programs to better serve veterans and returning serving members seeking jobs.

With Castle Point and Montrose VA hospitals and their outpatient clinics in the Mid-Hudson Valley and nine job centers also located in the region, if approved, the additional funding would provide for more federal services for those job seekers, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris told MidHudsonNews.com on Tuesday.