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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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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

Legislative Leaders Agree on Loan Pact for State

The New York State Senate and Assembly are considering going it alone, and passing a compromised borrowing bill with or without Governor Pataki's approval. Karen Dewitt has more on the story from Albany.  Go to full article

NY Senate Argues Over Anti-Smoking Bill

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says his Republican members argued over a sweeping anti-smoking bill in a closed door meeting. But the Senator says he's still optimistic that the legislation can come to the floor for a vote. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Bruno: April 1st Budget Deadline Will Be Missed

The leader of the New York State Senate says it's now all but certain that the April 1st budget deadline will be missed, for the 19th year in a row. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

War Could Worsen State Budget Crisis

Governor Pataki and his budget analysts believe that the war with Iraq could worsen the state's fiscal crisis. Other leaders in the state government have mixed views about the war's impact on New York's economy. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Anti-war Protesters Demonstrate in Albany

Anti-war protesters sang and demonstrated outside the State Capitol Thursday, while inside, security was tightened in response to the start of the war with Iraq and possible terrorist threats. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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