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Ethics reform and tax cap--check. Same-sex marriage--not yet.

Governor Cuomo has achieved agreements on two of the three issues he's made a top priority, ethics reform and a tax cap, and is continuing to push to allow same sex marriages in New York. But as Karen DeWitt reports, no laws have been enacted yet, and at least one of the three issues may be in danger of falling apart.  Go to full article

Lawmakers swear ethics reform will become law

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders released more details of their agreement on ethics reform and promise it will become law before the session is done. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Former Vice President Cheney said it: 'freedom means freedom for everybody.' ...I want to encourage more families.

Former Republican chair lobbies for same sex marriage

Former Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman is the latest to lobby wavering GOP state senators to pass legislation legalizing same sex marriage. Karen DeWitt reports Mehlman says same sex unions are consistent with Republican Party philosophy.  Go to full article
We’ve tried to be extremely reasonable. We aren’t going for the Wisconsin, nuclear war approach.

Tax cap could prompt union, management clash

The prospect of a property tax cap could heighten tensions between workers and management at public schools in the state, as both sides gear up to fight over shrinking revenues and resources.

Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
We’ve tried to be extremely reasonable. We aren’t going for the Wisconsin, nuclear war approach.

Tax cap could prompt union, management clash

The prospect of a property tax cap could heighten tensions between workers and management at public schools in the state, as both sides gear up to fight over shrinking revenues and resources.

Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Legislators and SUNY officials seek "rational" tuition hike

There's movement in Albany to approve a tuition hike for State University of New York students. But this time, lawmakers and SUNY officials say, they want to do it differently.  Go to full article

Local support for SUNY tuition change

SUNY Canton president Joe Kennedy was in Albany today talking with legislators in support of a bill to raise tuition 5 percent.

Kennedy said although tuition increases are unpopular, students might well end up saving money.  Go to full article
One way or the other, we will have a vehicle to clean up Albany.

Legislature faces major issues as session winds up

The New York State legislature returned Wednesday after a week's absence. Lawmakers have just over a week of workdays left to tackle issues ranging from a property tax cap to allowing gay marriage. Karen DeWitt reports on some of those major issues.  Go to full article
It seems like Attorney General Schneiderman is standing up for New York’s water resources, which is critical.

AG sues to put brakes on fracking

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking legal action to put the brakes on natural gas drilling in the state. He sued the federal government in a Brooklyn court yesterday, seeking a full environmental review of hydro-fracking.

The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports from Albany.  Go to full article
It’s not just about capping their taxes, it’s about what programs and services can be offered.

Counties call for Medicaid relief

The push for a state mandated cap on local property taxes gained steam last week. A plan proposed by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver earned praise from Governor Cuomo and conditional approval from the state Senate.

Like Governor Cuomo, the Assembly Democrats want a 2% across the board cap on school and local government taxes. But they would exempt some costs, like some pension expenses that rise beyond local control. And Speaker Silver says he'd like the cap to sunset after a few years.

The conceptual agreement was praised by business groups, including the state's Business Council, who say it will "dramatically improve the business climate in the state." But the tentative agreement is criticized by those who will have to craft budgets within its limits.

The New York State Association of Counties is focusing on what was left out last week: mandate relief. Executive Director Stephen Acquario said it was "disingenuous" to reach a quick accord on limiting local property taxes without including mandate relief.

The organization has proposed its own fix--a state takeover of all local Medicaid expenses. NYSAC envisions the cost would be offset by state Medicaid reform, and by federal funding through the Health Care Reform Act. But between the 57 counties and New York City, that total amounts to $7.5 billion. Acquario told Martha Foley it's doable.  Go to full article

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