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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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Comptroller Says Bush's Economic Stimulus Plan Would Hurt New York

New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi says President Bush's economic stimulus plan would cause New York to lose up to $3.4 billion over the next four years. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Should Hospitals Provide Contraceptive Pills to Women?

A state Assembly committee held hearings on whether hospitals in New York should be required to provide emergency contraceptive pills to women who've been raped. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Leader Warns Budget Problems Could Get Worse

New York's Senate Majority Leader says the combined projected state budget deficit of $12 billion dollars could be even bigger. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Good Government Groups Want Greater Scrutiny of Lobbyists

Good government groups say the circumstances of a Bronx Assemblywoman's conviction on bribery charges reveal a need for greater scrutiny of lobbyists at the state capitol. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Can Pataki Handle Another Budget Crisis?

Governor Pataki believes that he can ride out the state's budget crisis by cutting spending and cutting taxes, as he did in 1995. But some say that times are different now than when Pataki faced his last budget crisis. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Delivers Upbeat Speech

Governor Pataki delivered an upbeat message about overcoming adversity in his 9th annual State of the State message. The Governor provided few details on how he'll close the looming budget deficit, but vowed not to delay some tax cuts scheduled to take effect this year.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Outline Their Priorities for 2003

A day before Governor Pataki's State of the State message, leaders of the New York State legislature outlined their priorities for the upcoming session. Meanwhile, advocates for the mentally ill joined other disabled rights groups to demand that they not be forgotten in the budget crisis. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Hints at Size of 2003-04 Revenue Shortfall

Governor Pataki is still remaining mum on how he'll deal with the state's budget deficit, estimated to be as high as 10 billion dollars. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Nominates Susan Phillips Read to State's Highest Court

For the first time in New York's history, the state's highest court will have a majority of women on the seven-member panel. The court will also be dominated by appointees of Governor Pataki, now that Pataki has appointed Justice Susan Read to the New York Court of Appeals. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Prepares State of the State Speech

Governor Pataki delivers his State of the State message on Wednesday. The governor may begin to reveal some of his proposals for how he'll handle the massive state budget deficit. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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