budget

North Country News
7:56 am
Mon April 23, 2012

VT Speaker: Adjournment Likely Delayed

Legislative leaders say Vermont lawmakers won't be going home for the year this coming Friday, as they originally had hoped.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

But they're still technically ahead of schedule. The Legislature budgeted for 18 weeks this year, and this coming week will be their 16th in session.

House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell say lawmakers should plan on being in session through the first week in May, possibly including Saturday the 5th.

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New England News
8:02 am
Thu April 12, 2012

MA House Proposes $32.3B State Spending Plan

Budget writers in the Massachusetts House have proposed a $32.3 billion state spending plan.

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New England News
8:29 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Massachusetts House Panel to Unveil Proposed Budget Plan

Massachusetts House leaders are preparing to unveil their version of the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. 

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New England News
12:30 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Fee Hikes Proposed To Close Budget Gap

  Faced with a major decrease in property tax collections and no
expected increase in state aid, budget writers in Springfield
Massachusetts are proposing scores of fee hikes. But the city's top
finance officer says it still won't be  enough to avoid budget cuts.
WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..

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New York News
8:24 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Poll: New Yorkers Decry Secret Dealing in Budget Talks

Speaker Silver

A statewide poll finds New Yorkers think the secrecy and closed-door deals that led to last week state's budget approval are unnecessary and a serious problem. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...

The Quinnipiac University poll is a rebuke of the continued "three-men-in-a-room" method of crafting a budget by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

The poll finds that 55 percent of voters said the closed-door negotiations weren't necessary to achieve the budget.

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New York News
8:21 am
Fri March 30, 2012

NYS Lawmakers Head for Second Straight On-Time Budget

State lawmakers were headed for an on-time state budget for the second year in a row that keeps spending relatively flat.  They hoped to wrap up voting by late Friday afternoon.  As Karen DeWitt reports, the lack of the usual dramatics surrounding the budget this time is due to preparations that began over a year ago...
 
State legislators and Governor Cuomo have been touting the on time budget for the second year in a row that also, for the second time, reigns in spending.
 

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New York News
9:35 am
Thu March 29, 2012

New York State Budget Elicits Range of Responses

Reaction to the newly agreed upon New York State budget continued to pour in at the State Capitol, as lawmakers began passing the first of a series of budget bills, in the hope of finishing the spending plan by the end of the week.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...
 
Senate Leader Dean Skelos praised lawmakers and Governor Cuomo, for their work on a budget plan that's likely to be in place by the deadline.
 
"This is a budget that we all can be proud of," Skelos said.
 

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New York News
9:12 am
Thu March 29, 2012

NY Schools, Taxpayers Wary of Tax Cap Budget Hits

The proposed New York state budget being voted on in Albany is a major factor for public school officials and taxpayers headed into a dicey two months preparing and voting on budgets. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more…

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate and Assembly majorities agreed on a 4 percent increase in school funding, an $805 million boost in aid that now totals about $21 billion a year.  They’ve also agreed on a law that ties expenses to the inflation rate, driving similar annual increases in future years.

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New York News
8:21 am
Wed March 28, 2012

New York State Budget Winners, Losers

Governor Cuomo gave up some items in the newly announced state budget deal, but so did the legislature. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt takes a look at the winner and losers...
 
The budget that will be adopted by the legislature is largely unchanged from what the governor initially proposed. That's partly because some of the more controversial budget items, like pension reform, were settled separately earlier in the month.  
 
Governor Cuomo, in a briefing to cabinet members, said "I think this is smart, intelligent document."
 

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