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NCPR News Staff: Karen DeWitt

NYS Capitol Correspondent
Karen DeWitt has covered state government and politics at the New York State Capitol for public radio for ten years. Before that she worked at WINS, New York. She has also written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life, Empire State Report, and Metroland. E-mail

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Governor Warns Clock Ticking on State Budget

Governor Pataki threatened to run the state on emergency spending measures for the next several months if the legislature does not agree to a new state budget that spends within the Governor's limits. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Budget Talks Continue in Albany

Governor Pataki and the New York State legislature ended the week with little progress on a state budget that's late for the 19th year in a row. In fact, discussions over a borrowing plan to help bail the state out of a nearly $12 billion deficit seemed to be sliding backward. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Counties Worry About Budget Cuts and Public Health Threats

County health officials say Governor Pataki's budget could jeopardize efforts to guard against threats of bio-terror and the newly discovered illness SARS. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Black/Puerto Rican Lawmakers Ask Pataki to Restore AIDS Funding

Members of the legislature's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus have joined with provider groups to ask that funding for AIDS and HIV treatment cut by Governor Pataki be restored. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Health Care Workers Rally in Albany

In what may be the largest demonstration ever in Albany over the state budget, at least 25,000 health care workers converged on the Capitol to rally for restoration of $2 billion in cuts, planned by Governor Pataki. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Health Care Workers to Protest in Albany

One of the largest demonstrations in several years is planned at the State Capitol today, as union and management in the health care industry team up to protest Governor Pataki's proposed health care cuts. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Begins Fiscal Year Without Budget

New York begins its 19th year without a state budget in place, as state lawmakers scrambled to pass emergency spending bills to keep the state government operating. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Businesses Worry About Lawmakers Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

Businesses in New York are worried that the state legislature will make them pay for eduation and health care restorations, by closing off some corporate tax loopholes. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Another Late State Budget Expected

New York will enter its 19th year with a late state budget on Tuesday. Lawmakers planned some related budget action today. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Signs Smoking Ban Bill

For the first time, a sweeping ban of smoking in public places has passed both houses of the New York State Legislature. It was signed into law yesterday by the Governor, and bans smoking in almost all public places in the New York state, including bars. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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