Albany, NY – State lawmakers are trying to squelch rumors that they may vote themselves a pay raise when the newly re-elected Senators and Assemblymembers return for a session before the end of the year. But talk about a salary increase proposal that could include some reforms, is continuing to grow. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Kingston, NY – New York is readying a tax hike for businesses across the state. The reason for the double-digit increase is to cover funds the state borrowed to pay unemployment benefits after the September Eleventh terrorist attacks. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – Quebec's Minister of Health and Social Services was on the Plattsburgh State campus this afternoon to present the college's inaugural "Distinguished Quebec Address". The Minister discussed the province's health care system, cross-border drug access and it's relationship with New York. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Hartford, CT – Connecticut has the fastest declining prison population in the country. According to new statistics from the U-S Justice Department, the prison population declined 4-point-2 percent last year. As WAMC's Connecticut Correspondent Av Harris reports, the trend has prison reform advocates touting newly enacted state programs.
Albany, NY – The environmental commissioners of eight states in the Northeast have come together in the name of reducing air pollution from the open burning of household trash. Some environmentalists commend the move, but say that, in New York, at least, more needs to be done. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Burlington, Vermont City Council is considering taking a stance on proposed cutbacks in federal rent assistance programs. City councilors are expected to take up a resolution tonight that would oppose the federal "Section Eight" funding cuts. Burlington is not alone, cities across the region are concerned about the potential cuts. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Hyannis, MA – A controversial wind farm proposed for Cape Cod has been hogging wind energy headlines. Although it's very different to wind proposals in Berkshire County, a long-awaited report on the Cape project might affect the public's perception of wind farms throughout New England. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Hyde Park, NY – Environmental group Scenic Hudson has purchased property that will link Roosevelt national historic sites in Dutchess County. And, there are plans to house a regional information and transportation center on the premises. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.