New York State Budget

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.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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.
Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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
Credit YNN, Capital Tonight

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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Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Blair Horner: The Budget Battle Over Tobacco Comes to a Head

Smoking is New York’s number one cause of cancer deaths.  Yet in recent years, the state has taken its foot off the gas and slashed its investment in combating tobacco in half.  That’s a mistake we’re starting to pay for.

Consider this: in 2009 smoking caused the cancer deaths of over 9,000 New Yorkers, 26 per day.  That staggering number is more than one quarter of all cancer deaths in New York State.  This is a public health catastrophe and reducing the carnage caused by smoking should be a top priority for Albany.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck - Fracking, green jobs, and the budget

New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck

Last week the New York State Assembly voted to impose a statewide moratorium on the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydrofracking, following reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo was considering lifting the current ban on the practice now in place.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck, Democrat of the 110th district, which includes Colonie, Niskayuna and part of Schenectady. Steck voted for the fracking moratorium, despite his district not being targeted for natural gas development.

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New York News
3:30 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried - The budget and medical marijuana

New York State Assemblymember Richard Gottfried

State budget negotiations are continuing in Albany this week in the run-up to the self-imposed March 21st deadline set by state legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Democrat of Manhattan’s 75th district, spoke with WAMC's Patrick Donges for an update on budget negotiations and the prospects for medical marijuana in the Empire State, a cause he has long championed.

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New York News
4:28 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

DiNapoli questions Cuomo budget proposal

Credit WAMC/Dave Lucas

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's comptroller says there are some big question marks in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says it would increase debt, rely on one-shot revenues, and includes overly optimistic projections of tax revenues.

DiNapoli did credit the budget as a move toward long-term fiscal balance.

Cuomo's $143 billion proposal is boosted by anticipated federal disaster aid. The current budget is $134 billion.

DiNapoli criticized the 2013-14 spending plan for relying on $1.4 billion in temporary revenue.

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New York News
8:12 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

NY Thruway to lay off 234 workers, cite hard times

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Thruway Authority is planning 234 layoffs to help shore up its finances, but no toll increases are planned.

Thruway spokesman Dan Weiller says the layoffs of full-time workers will be in all regions, including the Albany headquarters. The authority employs 29,068 workers.

Weiller says no toll increases of any type are planned.

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