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State Expects Billion-dollar Budget Surplus by April

Governor Pataki reports that the numbers half way through the state's fiscal year show a budget surplus of $1 billion dollars, but the governor's budget director is warning against any urges to start spending the money. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Forecast for Municipal Energy Costs Not Good

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi says a survey of local governments has found that energy costs will be going up for municipalities by $375 million dollars this winter. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Election 2005; Debate Over the Budget Amendment

Yesterday, two Albany insiders debated the merits of a constitutional amendment that will go before New York voters on Election Day. Democratic Assemblyman Joseph Brodsky and former Assembly minority leader John Faso, a Republican, debated on public radio station WAMC. The event was heard live on North Country Public Radio. David Sommerstein has an excerpt.  Go to full article

State Approves St. Lawrence County Fuel Tax Suspension

St. Lawrence County residents won't have to pay full sales tax on heating fuel this winter. The state agreed to let the county suspend its 3% share beginning December 1st. ...  Go to full article

North Country Residents Pan Border Passport Plan

About 20 people spoke out yesterday in Watertown against a plan to require passports at Canadian border crossings. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists: DEC Staff Cuts Threaten Public Safety

A report by an environmental watchdog group finds staffing cuts at the Pataki Administration's environmental agency could have dangerous consequences. The group says dams...  Go to full article

McHugh: Alternatives to Passport-Only Border Crossing Needed

Congressman John McHugh says Homeland Security officials still don't fully grasp the binational nature of the US-Canada border in the North Country. But he says hearings in...  Go to full article

Budget Reform Amendment Could be Too Confusing

A Budget Amendment proposed by the legislature will be on November's ballot, but supporters and opponents worry the wording of the question may be so complex that many voters...  Go to full article
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Pirro Unveils First Radio Campaign Ad

U.S. Senate candidate Jeanine Pirro introduced her first radio ad of her U.S. Senate campaign against Hillary Clinton Tuesday, focusing on a proposed state law to deal with...  Go to full article

Business Group Supports Transportation Act

In November's election, New Yorkers will be asked to vote on whether to borrow $2.9 billion dollars to fund transportation projects. Some say the state has already borrowed...  Go to full article

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