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Tonight the legislature not only passed an on-time budget, but a historic and transformational budget

As protests loom, Albany lawmakers pass austerity budget

State lawmakers voted late last night to approve a state budget that cuts billions of dollars in spending, without raising taxes.

In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo praised lawmakers. "Tonight the legislature not only passed an on-time budget, but a historic and transformational budget," Cuomo said.

The spending plan drew praise from many North Country lawmakers, including Republican Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward from Willsboro. She called the austerity budget "a step in the right direction."

The vote was planned last night ahead of the April 1 deadline. It came as hundreds of protesters, upset with budget cuts, marched and chanted, and decried the near-shutdown of access to the Senate and Assembly chambers. Karen Dewiit reports.  Go to full article

Budget protesters plan camp-in in Albany

Teachers, public workers, renters, health care advocates and college students are packing sleeping bags and toothbrushes in preparation for a massive protest of state budget cuts at the Capitol. The demonstrators from various groups across the state plan an overnight camp-in starting this afternoon to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to close a $10 billion budget gap with cuts in education and health care spending and state worker layoffs. Organizers expect up to 1,000 people to participate in a variety of events.

Meanwhile, lawmakers passed the first state budget bills last night, and say they are still hoping for an on time budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo wins on budget plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo is very close to winning a significant victory in a state budget that relies on deep cuts and no new taxes to close a $10 billion dollar deficit. But, as Karen DeWitt reports, Cuomo may get what he wants because of something, that in the end, he didn't have to do.  Go to full article
This is a budget thats not about the special interests, its not about the lobbyists.

Albany leaders agree on budget

Almost a week before the deadline, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a conceptual budget plan yesterday. It cuts spending by nearly $10 billion, and does not raise any new taxes. The leaders scrapped a proposal for a continued tax on the state's millionaires. There are deep cuts to education and health care. Karen Dewitt has the details.  Go to full article
[The millionaire tax extension] is off the table, that's gone. It's done, it's dead, it's not going to happen.

Albany moving forward on budget

The leader of the State Senate says he expects a "conceptual agreement" on the state budget by mid day Friday, one week before the March 31st deadline. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Budget leaves out vulnerable?

A number of groups have been left out of Governor Cuomo's budget - the largest- is schools, who have been cut by a billion and a half dollars, but many of society's most vulnerable are complaining that they received short shrift in the governors budget, too.  Go to full article
Tug Hill Commission now faces a budget cut on par with other state agencies

Tug Hill Commission restored

A joint budget conference committee has restored money for the Tug Hill Commission in the state budget. According to State Senator Patty Ritchie's office, the Assembly agreed to the Senate's funding level of $1.1 million. That's a 10 percent cut from last year, on par with other state agencies. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
They want to oppose the cuts politically, so what do they say? Im going to hurt your child.'

Cuomo defends education cuts

The fight between Cuomo and school districts flared up when Governor Cuomo delivered a stern lecture to schools, who are complaining about the governor's proposed budget cuts to education, saying they are playing a "game" and issuing empty "threats". Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
It essentially kicks the can down the road 11 years away to 2022.

Pressure mounts over political redistricting in NY

Senate Republicans and Democrats argued over the issue of redrawing new district lines yesterday. Many Republicans campaigned last November on promises to put the politically charged process of redistricting into the hands of an independent commission. As Karen Dewitt reports, pressure is mounting on the Senate GOP to follow through.  Go to full article
We want our governor to make sure that the money is in the budget to protect the children!

Tax the rich or cuts to schools?

The state budget is due in just three weeks. Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed deep cuts to New York public schools and districts here in the North Country are contemplating widespread teacher lay-offs. But a coalition of activists and educators say the state's highest income earners should pay more taxes to fund education programs and other state spending. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

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