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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

Stories filed by Karen DeWitt


Baseline Budget May Lead to Whopping School Tax Bills

Some property taxpayers will be getting a nasty surprise when they open their school tax bills, due out in early September. Taxes may be going up because governor Pataki and the legislature have failed to agree on a supplemental budget to increase school aid. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Non-profits Will Close Programs Without NYS Budget Deal

Non-profits are telling legislators and the governor that they'll have to layoff employees and close some programs unless a state budget agreement is reached by September 15th. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

New York May Join Powerball Lottery

New Yorkers might find it easier to play the Powerball multi-state lottery game. State lawmakers are considering letting the state join in the game. But not all legislators are happy about that. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NYS Budget: Crisis Centers Face Layoffs

Rape crisis centers are considering layoffs as the full impact of the state legislature's bare bones budget is now becoming known. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Not-for-Profits Suffer Under Baseline Budget

It's not just schools that are being affected by the New York state budget. Many not-for-profits that provide essential services are also suffering under the legislature's base-line budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NYS Budget: Inching Toward Agreement

Legislative leaders say they're moving closer to a state budget. They're talking of settling the matter in as little as a few days. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NYS Budget Talks: Going Nowhere

For the second week in a row, Governor Pataki held a meeting with legislative leaders on the state budget, but lawmakers seem to be stuck in the same arguments they had back in January. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmental Groups Hope to Flesh Out Bare Bones Budget

Many interest groups were hoping for progress on the supplement to the bare bones budget. Environmentalists say without one, there's no money for conservation land purchases. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Will Sue Legislative Over Budget Process

Governor Pataki says he will sue the state legislature over the state budget passed earlier this month. At the same time he's also begun talking to legislative leaders again about the budget and other issues. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Too Soon to Count West Nile Virus Out

August is the month when the West Nile Virus makes the jump from birds and other animals to people. So far, though, only one human case has been reported. But health officials believe it's not time yet to declare the virus in decline. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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