New York State Budget

New York News
5:31 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Karen DeWitt - After weeks of negotiation, New York State inching closer to a budget

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After weeks of closed-door negotiations, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced late this past Wednesday night that they had reached an agreement on the 2013-2014 state budget.

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New York News
4:09 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

NYS Budget: Not Today

New York State Capitol in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York legislators will need much of this week to pass the $135 billion budget it negotiated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Despite Agreement, New York State Budget Talks Go On

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Even though state lawmakers announced a budget agreement Wednesday, they spent the day Thursday trying to pin down details and print the bills in time to be through over the weekend.

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New York News
4:41 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

New York Assembly Speaker Says Gun Law Provision Could be Delayed

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The Speaker of the State Assembly says a portion of New York’s gun control laws, set to take effect April 15th, may be postponed while talks continue on how to amend the provision.

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are talking about amending the state’s gun control laws to reverse a ban on the sale of 10 bullet magazines. They say the law as written presents a conflict because the 10 round magazines are still allowed at shooting ranges and sporting competitions, but under the impending ban, gun owners would no longer be allowed to buy them in New York for those purposes.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

New York State Budget Talks Focus on Possible Gun Law Changes

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the NY SAFE Act on January 15, 2013.
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Lawmakers originally planned to be passing bills by now, ready to wrap up the state budget and leave on a three week break beginning on Thursday.
 
But, instead of an agreement early in the week, each day lawmakers have found themselves discussing new issues , some of them totally unrelated to the spending plan. Most recently, talks have turned to whether to decriminalize public possession of marijuana in New York City, and walking back a provision of the recently enacted gun control laws.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

New York Lawmakers Say Weekend Budget Session Increasingly Likely

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State and budget messages at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn on February 28, 2013.
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The New York State budget is crawling to a conclusion, as legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo continue closed door meetings to try to strike a final deal.

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New York News
9:28 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to work another day on budget agreement

From left, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
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New York 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.  They failed to seal a pact Monday night, but say they will be back Tuesday morning to try again.

Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein , after a closed door leaders meeting, say they are hopeful that up to $700 million dollars in tax cuts for business and the middle class could be in the state budget.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Light and Shade

Liz Benjamin
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Governor Cuomo made a big show last week of marking Sunshine Week - a national initiative launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors to highlight the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

New York State Senator Jose Peralta - THE DREAM Act and the New York State budget

New York State Senator Jose Peralta

As New York State budget talks reach their final days, and perhaps even hours,  a group of Hispanic lawmakers is pushing for the inclusion of the Dream Act in the budget, It would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants who were born in the country.

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New York News
6:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

New York State budget on fast track

The New York State legislature is fast tracking the budget process, as they try to reach final agreements and get bills printed by the weekend.  The negotiations drew protesters to the Capitol, who are demanding that the budget include a minimum wage increase to $9 an hour, with automatic future increases for inflation.
 
The 50 or so demonstrators directed their ire toward Governor Cuomo and Senate Co Leader Jeff Klein, who they say aren’t doing enough to convince Republicans in the Senate to go along with a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour.
 

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