New York News
3:45 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Comptroller Says New York Probably Can Afford Tax Cuts, But Just Barely

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he’ll need to see more details and end of the calendar year state revenue figures before deciding whether the state can afford $2 billion in new tax cuts that Governor Cuomo is likely to propose.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

12/12/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and former Daily Freeman Publisher - Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
House expected to approve budget
Republicans split on budget
Suspension of aid in Syria
JP Morgan/Madoff
Weed? Oui!
Fun at work?

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Congressional Corner With Bernie Sanders

    Budget talks in Washington are heating up.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his focus is on protecting working Americans.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

9/4/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Time Union Capitol Reporter, Jimmy Vielkind.

Topics include:
Syria Support
Allies Intel
Racial Slur Suit
Budget Battles
Campaign Twitter Age
and NY State lawmakers salary

New England News
12:15 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Springfield Budget Bets On Casino Development

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno ( seated at right) and MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle sign the host community agreement on May 1 2013.
Credit WAMC

The proposed budget for the coming fiscal year in Springfield Massachusetts is balanced with the help of $5 million from casino developer MGM.  The money was included in the budget presented by the city’s mayor even though a  Springfield casino is not guaranteed.  Casino opponents are crying foul.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno describes his proposed $571.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st as a “ hold the line” budget.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Congressional Corner with Sean Patrick Maloney

  Social Security and Medicare are part of an ongoing budget debate in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the benefits need to be protected from the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

4/4/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Ray Graf moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary
• Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit
• U.S. Embassy Tweets Jon Stewart's Egypt Monologue; Diplomatic Incident Ensues
• Latest Updates on the Gun Violence Debate
• Leno Blesses ‘Tonight Show’ Succession Plan

New York News
5:48 am
Fri March 29, 2013

NY Budget Passes

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York State lawmakers were  finished work on the state budget Thursday evening, completing the spending plan three days before the deadline.   

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.

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.

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New England News
3:25 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Exception To Tax Cap Law Sought For Casino Property

The city of Springfield is seeking an exception to Proposition 2 ½ , the Massachusetts property tax cap law, when it comes to casinos.

   An $800 million resort casino could mean tens of millions of dollars annually in additional property taxes for Springfield.  But Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city will not get the full financial benefits from a casino development unless a change is made to Prop 2 ½.

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New York News
12:12 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Even after rare Sunday Senate session, New York budget unfinished

The New York State Senate held a rare Sunday session at the Capitol, in an attempt to get the state budget finished on time in the midst of major religious holidays.

The State Senate met to vote on three previously agreed upon budget bills, in an attempt to finish the spending plan without interfering with the Easter and Passover holidays. Senate Finance Committee Chair John DeFrancisco explained it on the Senate floor.

“We’re trying to jumpstart the process,” said De Francisco, who says starting early gives everyone “ample time” for debating the bills. 

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