"It's absurd to me that you can refinance a mortgage or a business loan, but you can't re-finance a college loan? I don't think the government should be making money off the backs of students." ~ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
When it comes to legalizing marijuana, things are moving quickly, especially in New York.
Last Friday, the federal government released guidelines for banks to conduct business with the $1.5-billion-a-year legal marijuana industry. Medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states, and legislation is pending in 13 others. The green signal may have been sent in January when President Barack Obama told The New Yorker that marijuana was less dangerous than alcohol, opening the door for debate.
The future of hydraulic fracturing has been in limbo since the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation began a review of the practice in 2008. Now, six public hearings are being held across New York to receive public comment on the draft State Energy Plan... one of them in Albany today. Environmental groups are also at the Capitol today calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to put renewable energy ahead of fossil fuels in his effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York needs a Medicaid funding infusion first requested in 2012 to support hospital overhauls and expanded primary medical care to meet growing patient demand under the state's new health insurance exchange.
The exchange has enrolled more than 412,000 New Yorkers for health insurance coverage since October.
Meanwhile, state officials are pursuing a waiver to use up to $2 billion annually from Medicaid over five years to help struggling hospitals cut beds and admissions in a shift to more primary and outpatient medical care.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the state has exceeded its original winter budget due to the string of heavy snowstorms this season.
Cuomo says Thursday that operational expenses, the cost of salt, overtime and equipment repair have been unusually high. He says the extra spending is nothing that can't be handled through the budget process. His administration says it's working on getting the budget number and actual expenses together for public release.
With an uptick in the call for community action against gun violence, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has fostered the launches of programs aimed at stopping such incidents in their tracks.
Cuomo recently announced seven programs will share more than $2 million in grants designed to reduce gun violence in communities across New York. The initiative promotes street-level outreach and intervention.
A new poll finds that New Yorkers statewide favor Governor Cuomo’s plan to fund pre kindergarten over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal.
The Quinnipiac poll finds that the majority of New Yorkers prefer Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to finance expanded pre-K through state funds, than favor Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to tax the wealthy to get the money.