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Voters deliver split decision on how Albany works

A new poll finds that while New Yorkers still think very highly of Governor Cuomo, they are not as happy with recent developments in Albany that include a secretive, middle of the night legislative session, and legislative district lines some are calling "gerrymandered." In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
There's a school of thought that says you... hurt the economy if you raise minimum wage. That's a debate we're going to have.

Most New Yorkers support raising minimum wage, poll shows

A new poll finds the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers would like to see the state raise its minimum wage. Governor Cuomo does not rule the proposal out. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden. Photo: Tomasz Sienicki
The Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden. Photo: Tomasz Sienicki

Offshore wind remains divisive

New York is one of five states joining the Obama Administration in an agreement designed to spur offshore wind development in the Great lakes. But as the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, the issue of offshore wind farms is still a divisive one.  Go to full article
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel

With the state budget settled, schools must decide their budget plans

Now that north country schools have final budget numbers from the state, it's time to figure out where to cut. Canton Central Superintendent Bill Gregory says they picked up an additional $172,000 dollars in state budget negotiations. But that only covers 10% of the district's $2.5 million shortfall.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders at the budget signing. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders at the budget signing. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Leaders all smiles, but others not happy with new state budget

Governor Cuomo gathered with leaders of the legislature to celebrate an on time budget for the second year in a row. The $132.5 billion budget increases spending by 1.9%, including a 4% increase for schools and for the Medicaid healthcare system.

The budget also addresses a nearly $2 billion deficit. It was negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Senate Republican and Assembly's Democratic majorities. The leaders were all smiles at the signing Friday, but some minority party members weren't as happy. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has that story.  Go to full article

Legislators hope to pass low-drama budget by Friday afternoon

State lawmakers were headed for an on time state budget for the second year in a row that keeps spending relatively flat. They hope to wrap up voting by late Friday afternoon.

As Karen DeWitt reports, the lack of the usual dramatics surrounding the budget this time is due to preparations that began over a year ago.  Go to full article

Legislature begins passing budget bills in hopes of on-time finish

New York State lawmakers began passing the first of a series of budget bills Wednesday, in the hope of finishing the spending plan before Saturday's deadline.  Go to full article
Somebody once told me that budgeting is the allocation of disappointments.

Range of responses to new state budget plan

Reaction to the newly-agreed-upon state budget continued to pour in at the State Capitol, as lawmakers began passing the first of a series of budget bills, in the hope of finishing the spending plan by the end of the week. Karen DeWitt has a roundup of the praise and the criticism.  Go to full article
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel

North Country politicians, schools await state aid numbers

North Country educators are waiting to hear what the new state budget will mean for their schools. The budget includes $805 million for education statewide. In the final agreement, State Senator Patty Ritchie says $200 million of that was transferred to high needs schools.  Go to full article
Addie Russell speaking to visiting students from Potsdam Middle School in the Assembly Chamber. Photo: NY Assembly website
Addie Russell speaking to visiting students from Potsdam Middle School in the Assembly Chamber. Photo: NY Assembly website

NC Assemblywoman says budget victory first step for school aid

Assemblywoman Addie Russell of Theresa says there's some good news in the new state budget for North Country Schools. Governor Andrew Cuomo had proposed putting $250 million of education funding into a competitive grant program. Poor and rural schools said that would devastate their budgets. In Thursday's final agreement, Russell says $200 million of the competitive grant money was transferred back to the general education fund.  Go to full article

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