New York News
5:05 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Senate Passes Some Budget bills, Assembly Waits Until Thursday

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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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New York News
7:05 am
Tue March 19, 2013

NY budget to include $9 min wage

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a tentative deal last night increasing the state minimum wage over the next three years to $9-an-hour.

The Daily News reports that under the emerging agreement, the current $7.25 hourly minimum wage would increase in stages — to $8-an-hour in January; to $8.75 at the beginning of 2015; and topping off at $9-an-hour by the end of 2015. Meanwhile, Calling it a ploy by politicians in Albany, critics are blasting a proposal to extend a temporary income tax hike for millionaires.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Leaders getting close on New York state budget

Credit Flickr/wadester16

State lawmakers are close to agreeing on a new state spending plan that would include a deal to raise taxes on the wealthy and raise the minimum wage.

Legislative leaders are holding multiple closed door meetings with Governor Cuomo, and say they expect a deal on the budget within the next day, in order to print and pass bills by Friday. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and the other leaders, were reluctant to provide details, saying they did not want to jeopardize any possible agreements.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

3/18/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists: Alan Chartock, WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina and our Capital Correspondent – Karen Dewitt; Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• New York State budget negotiations
• Cuomo calls for consolidation
• Senate plan on immigration
• Iraq war anniversary
• NCAA Brackets announced

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New York News
5:23 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Leaders still working on timely New York state budget

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders continued to meet to try to complete the state budget by next week.

Legislative leaders were tight lipped as they emerged for the third day in a row from private talks with Cuomo.

“Do you have a recording from yesterday?” joked Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. “Just play it back.”

Silver says the governor and leaders are “making progress."

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New England News
8:54 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Vt. state finances: The puzzle gets tougher

Vermont lawmakers return to work this week after their Town Meeting break with little indication the state's fiscal picture is getting any brighter.

Gov. Peter Shumlin hoped to raise $17 million for three key energy-related programs from a new tax on charitable betting tickets. But lawmakers say the tax won't raise more than a third that amount, and there's concern it'll hurt the nonprofits that use them to raise money.

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Hudson Valley News
8:06 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Rockland on the road to financial recovery, says Vanderhoef

Credit wikipedia commons

NEW CITY – Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef delivered his final state of the county address to the County Legislature Tuesday night taking aim at budget and financial challenges and the county’s experiences with Hurricane Sandy.

Vanderhoef, who is retiring at the end of the year, spent a significant amount of time discussing the county’s budget woes, assuring county residents the worst of the recession was over but more structural changes were necessary.

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The Roundtable
9:20 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Question of the Day - Sequester?

What do you make of the sequester?

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Congressional Corner with Bill Owens - Part 1

  Sequestration means across-the-board painful cuts.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s unhappy about the approaching sequester.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Congressional Corner with Sean Patrick Maloney - Part 2

  Linking budget progress to pay is a longtime gambit for gridlocked legislators.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that lawmakers shouldn’t be compensated until their work is done.