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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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Environmentalists Push for Expanded Bottle Law

Environmentalists say expanding New York's bottle law could reap money for environmental projects in New York during a lean budget year. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate and Assembly Release Revenue Forecasts

Both houses of the legislature have released their revenue forecasts for the new fiscal year. The Assembly and Senate say they agree with Governor Pataki's grim predictions for the state's future fiscal condition. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Proposes Aid Package For Military Reserves

Governor Pataki has proposed a package of aid to New Yorkers in the military reserves who may be called up to duty in the next few weeks. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Schools Lobby Albany to Restore Education Cuts

Hundreds of school children, teachers and school superintendents converged on the capitol Tuesday to lobby for the restoration of over a billion dollars in education cuts that Governor Pataki has proposed for the state budget. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Budget Deadline Looms

Governor Pataki and the state legislature are still at odds over how to fill the current year's budget gap. The more than $2 billion hole must be closed by March 31st. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Disabled Rights Groups Reject Pataki's Budget Plan

A group of people who are receiving one of the smallest cuts in Governor Pataki's proposed budget say they will be hurt the most. Disabled people on SSI asked the governor to reconsider a cut of $13 from their month checks. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Bill Would Open Liquor Stores on Sundays

There's a bill in the state legislature to repeal New York's blue laws and open the states liquor stores on Sundays. Supporters say it's one way of gaining more revenue for a cash-strapped state budget. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki: State Budget Deficit Bigger than Expected

Governor Pataki has discovered that the current year's budget deficit is even bigger than he originally estimated. The governor's 30-day budget amendments find another hole of nearly $200-million. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Prison Services Company Reaps Record Lobbying Fine

The New York State Lobbying Commission issued its largest fine ever against a prison services company for failing to file a truthful lobbying report and for giving free rides and gifts to some lawmakers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Looks at Delaying Pension Payments

Governor Pataki is offering a plan to bail out local governments faced with soaring pension plan costs. Karen Dewitt has more on the story.  Go to full article

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