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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
The legislature never wants to change the system because this is about protecting them.

Cuomo proposes independent redistricting panel

The process of redrawing lawmakers' districts based on new census figures can be one of the most vicious activities in politics. Governor Cuomo wants to take politics out of the process. He has introduced a bill that would create a bi- partisan panel to redraw legislative and congressional district lines. But so far, leaders in the State Senate and Assembly are non-committal. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Teachers union launches ads

A major New York State union is going on the air with televisions ads to try to convince state lawmakers to continue a tax on the wealthy instead of adopting Governor Cuomo's billion and half dollars in school aid cuts. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
You have to be living in a vacuum to not understand that the expenditures in this state have to be cut.

Chief judge pushes back on court cuts

Governor Cuomo has not spared any aspect of state government from his budget cuts. That includes New York's judiciary system. The State's chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, gave his State of the Judiciary speech this week. And he denied that any tensions exist between himself and Governor Cuomo over the proposed cuts. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Poll: Cuomo hits new high among NY voters

A new poll finds that Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to enjoy high popularity and support for his budget, which would cut $10 billion in spending on schools and health care, among other things. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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