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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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Poll: Pataki Popular Despite Looming Budget Problems

Governor Pataki is remaining tight lipped about how he might resolve the looming budget crisis. A recent poll shows the governor remains popular despite New York's financial problems. As Karen Dewitt reports, those two developments might be related.  Go to full article

State Senate Approves Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill

By a close vote, 34 to 26, the New York State Senate voted to grant equal rights for gays and lesbians in housing, employment and other areas, despite lobbying against the bill from the left and the right. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Regents Say State Needs to Spend More Money on Education

The state board of regents says that despite the state's fiscal problems, New York needs to spend half a billion dollars more on its school children next year. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Expected to Vote Soon On Landmark Gay Rights Bill

The New York State Senate will soon vote on a gay and lesbian rights bill that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and other areas based on a person's sexual orientation. As Karen Dewitt reports, there is lobbying in Albany to kill or amend the bill from two distinctly different groups.  Go to full article

SUNY Students Angry About Possible Tuition Hikes

The state's business lobby says it's in favor of tuition increases for students at New York's public colleges. That stance has angered some students at the State University of New York. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Bruno Says He Might Support Reforming State Liquor Laws

The leader of the New York State Senate says he might support reforming the state's liquor laws to sell wine on Sundays. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Asks Lawmakers for Bonds to Help Close Budget Gap

Governor Pataki has asked the state Legislature to authorize the bonding of up to $4 billion dollars. The money would help the state close revenue shortfalls in the current and future fiscal years. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Business Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Consider Less Spending Over Tax Hikes

The state's business leaders say New York lawmakers should take a hard look at reducing state spending before they think about raising taxes to plug New York's budget gap. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Budget, Funding Problems Rising

Governor Pataki has said little about how he will solve the state's budget crisis, and that has led a number of interest groups to worry that they might be the targets of budget cuts. Many are issuing pre-emptive strikes to gain support for their programs. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

How Much Should New York State Spend on School Students?

The group that's suing the state over inequitable school-aid funding has now commissioned a study to find out just how much New York state should be spending on every school child in the state. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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