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State Lawmakers Finish Budget

The state legislature has finished the budget, six and a half weeks after the deadline. Governor Pataki and the legislative leaders say they are proud of a difficult budget put together in the midst of a financial crisis, and they defend the new fees and one shots the budget contain. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Final Action on State Budget Expected Tonight

State lawmakers hoped to begin passing bills last night. They hoped and they say they could complete final action on the budget by the end of the week. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Question Proposed ETF Loan to Help Balance State's Budget

As Governor Pataki and the legislature continue to write and negotiate budget bills in secret, environmentalists are left wondering whether a proposed loan of 200-million dollars from the environmental trust fund is really a loan at all. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

New Budget Would Borrow From Environment and Healthcare Funds

The new state budget framework includes plan to borrow from funds meant for the environment and health care in order to balance the state's budget. Groups that benefit from those funds aren't happy with this arrangement. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Budget Deal Reached

The governor and leaders of the legislature finally worked out a budget deal last night. Details are scant. None of the leaders offered an estimate on the overall size of the spending plan — and how it compares to the $89 billion budget Pataki proposed in January. Karen Dewitt reports.
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Optimism Fades For State Budget Deal

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders have quelled their earlier optimisic about reaching a budget deal, now that it's been discovered that the state has a new billion dollar budget gap. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Budget Too Late to Help Schools?

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders are struggling to reach a budget settlement nearly a month after the deadline, but school districts in the state say it may already be too late to help them. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Closed-door Meetings on the State Budget Continue

Lately, legislative leaders have huddled in closed-door meetings with Governor Pataki to work out the state budget. They seem to have given up for now on some reform ideas, including open conference committees to publicly discuss the spending plan. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Top Lawmakers Expect Budget Agreement Soon

Leaders of the legislature expressed optimism that the state budget could be finished soon. The budget, due April 1st, is late for the 18th year in a row. Karen Dewitt has this update.  Go to full article

State Republicans Want On-time Budgets

Republicans in the state Assembly announced yesterday in Albany how many people signed petitions to force the Legislature to resume passing on-time budgets. The Republicans say New Yorkers care deeply about the issue, even though the Legislature and governor are currently in their 18th straight year without an on-time spending plan.
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