New York State Budget

New York News
3:40 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Rebuild NY Now Visits Albany City Hall

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy takes the podium at Albany City Hall as elected officials and business representatives look on.
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A Group lobbying to 'Rebuild NY Now' with state windfall funds brought its campaign to Albany Monday.  Rebuild NY Now is a coalition with a mission: to raise public awareness about the issues impacting New York State's infrastructure, with its eye on $5 billion - described as "unexpected cash" - a “windfall” of revenue from recent settlements against overseas banks to pay for infrastructure upgrades.

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New York News
11:59 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Comptroller: NYS Agency Overtime Hits Record $611 Million

New York state agencies racked up more than $316 million in overtime in the first six months of 2014, continuing a recent trend of sharply higher overtime costs for taxpayers.

The startling numbers come from a mid-year report issued Tuesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who says the increase is troubling and should be addressed.  Spending has skyrocketed $22 million over the same period in 2013.

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New York News
4:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Cuomo, Leaders Admit Some Unfinished Budget Issues

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.

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New York News
5:37 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Lawmakers In Hurry To Beat Budget Clock

Lawmakers hurried to complete work on the state budget before the midnight deadline, but the spending plan is not without some controversy.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Blair Horner: Albany's Campaign Finance Bait-And-Switch


Once the state's political leaders got past the congratulatory "atta-boys" and backslapping on their most recent effort to reform Albany, the public was left to dig through the details of the legislative agreement.

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New York News
8:18 am
Sun March 30, 2014

New York State Budget Finalized, Voting on Monday

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion dollar state budget and say they are on track to meet the April 1 deadline. The budget includes a multi step plan that could  lower property taxes, $340 million dollars for schools to start pre-K programs, and a limited test program for public campaign financing.

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New York News
12:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

No Details, But Budget Deal Expected Soon

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Legislative leaders in Albany say they expect to have a deal on the state budget by the end of the day, but are revealing no details.

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New York News
3:09 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Delay Of Common Core Effects Likely In New York Budget

New York State lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

New York Lawmakers Closer To Budget Agreement

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blowup that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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New York News
4:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Education Issues Prominent In NY Budget Talks

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The budget being negotiated in Albany will establish not only how much state aid school districts will receive, but it also could affect the age many kids start going to school, when they begin standardized tests and even influence whether they go to public or private school.

Education issues are prominent this budget season in Albany. This includes the pre-kindergarten debate prompted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and a tax credit advocated this week by Cardinal Timothy Dolan that could boost Catholic school attendance.

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