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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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Pataki Offers Tough Budget Plan

Governor Pataki chose deep spending cuts over broad based tax hikes in his plan to close a combined budget gap of $11.5 billion. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Delivers Budget Speech This Morning

Governor Pataki release a state budget plan that is expected to contain bad news, in the form of budget cuts, for nearly every segment of state government. As Karen Dewitt reports, lawmakers and lobbyists are anxiously awaiting Pataki's presentation.  Go to full article

Pataki to Release His Budget Plans Wednesday

Governor Pataki has said he wants to reform Medicaid in his new budget, to be released Wednesday. Those who have to pay for rapidly growing state health care program are hoping that Pataki will propose cuts as a solution. Those who depend on Medicaid for health care wish that the Governor would preserve services. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Senate Republicans Crack Down on Auto Insurance Fraud

Senate Republicans passed a one-house bill to crack down on auto insurance fraud in New York, and urged Assembly colleagues to follow suit. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Coalition Proposes Tax Increase to Close State's Budget Gap

Governor Pataki says he won't include any ?job-killing? tax increases in his new budget. 200 human service groups have formed a coalition to argue that the spending cuts that Pataki says he'll propose can also reduce jobs in New York. The new coalition says tax surcharges on New Yorkers who can afford to pay are a better answer. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Panel Considers Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Use

Advocates for the legalization of medical marijuana are targeting New York State, aiming to convince more state lawmakers that some people with cancer, AIDS and other chronic conditions need the drug to improve their health. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Medicaid Costs Driving State Budget Problems

There's a growing nervousness over what Governor Pataki may propose in his budget plan next week. In anticipation of possible cut backs, hospitals across new York made clear Tuesday that any further declines instate aid could be harmful to patients. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

SUNY Board Proposes Tuition Hike

The State University of New York Board of Trustees has recommended that tuition be raised by 41 percent next year. The change could mean that tuition will increase to as much as $4800 a year at some four-year colleges and universities. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Republicans Pessimistic About On Time Budget

Republicans in the state Senate started out the 2003 legislative session by proposing and passing budget reform, although they admit prospects are bleak for an on time budget this year. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Lawmakers to Consider Smoking Ban in the Workplace

Public health advocates say a new strict ban on smoking in the workplace is about to be introduced in a jointly-sponsored Senate and Assembly bill. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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