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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 that’s not about the special interests, it’s 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? ‘I’m 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
When so many of us are being asked to sacrifice, the wealthy should indeed also help in the solution of our state’s budget problems.

The tough budget: will the rich be spared?

One month before the state budget is due, support to continue a so-called millionaire's tax in New York seems to be waning, with the Assembly Speaker saying the likelihood of retaining the temporary income surcharge on the state's wealthiest is "poor." Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
Richard Daines
Richard Daines

Former health commissioner dies

The state's former health commissioner, Dr. Richard Daines, died suddenly over the weekend. The probable cause of death was a heart attack. Daines was the public figure in former Governor Paterson's effort to pass a tax on sugary drinks. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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