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NY gets final terms for $8B Medicaid waiver

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York and federal officials report a final agreement allowing the state to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over the next five years.

The goal of the Medicaid waiver is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling hospitals shift to more primary and outpatient care.

The Department of Health and Human Services says New York will have to meet ongoing milestones for funding.  Go to full article

NY limiting acceptance of welfare debit cards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's new budget contains amendments to a social services law intended to keep welfare recipients from spending government money on alcohol, gambling or strippers.

The measure, scheduled to take effect at the end of May, prohibits gaming facilities, liquor stores, adult entertainment venues and some other retail outlets from accepting electronic benefit transfers from public assistance recipients.

The law already prohibits them from cashing welfare checks.  Go to full article

NY updates oil spill preparedness plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.

The process also includes emergency response drills by federal authorities and improvements to maps that detail environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands.  Go to full article
Syracuse-area job losses. Infographic: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/04/18-job-sprawl-kneebone">Brookings Institution report</a>
Syracuse-area job losses. Infographic: Brookings Institution report

Are Albany policies "starving" upstate NY cities?

A Cornell University expert says state policies are making it harder for upstate New York's cities to regain their past economic vitality.

Mildred Warner says the region's cities aren't getting the "full gambit" of rediscovery by younger generations because they're not investing enough in areas like quality of life and infrastructure.  Go to full article

Bid renewed to bar lobbyists from NY pensions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two New York legislators are renewing their bid to remove employees of municipal trade associations from the state pension system for government workers after efforts failed to do it through the new state budget.

Their bills would prohibit the private-sector staff of the New York State Association of Counties and the New York Conference of Mayors from the system.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Medical marijuana: What's coming for NYS?

Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver caused a bit of a stir when he seemed to say that a bill to legalize medical marijuana might be dead for the year, saying he does not think "it has a future" in the 2014 session.  Go to full article
This graph shows the rise in lobbying between 1992 and 2013. Image: JCOPE annual report
This graph shows the rise in lobbying between 1992 and 2013. Image: JCOPE annual report

More than $200 million spent on NYS lobbying, report finds

A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state's ethics commission. It finds over $200 million was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government and policy in Albany.

The report, by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, finds $210 million was spent by lobbyists to mostly influence state and local governments. That's nearly $1 million for each of the 213 Senators and Assemblymembers.  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035749109@N01/8395548101/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont House approves school tax increases

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House has voted to increase school property taxes after rejecting an amendment to scrap the state's current school funding system.

The bill before the House on Thursday would raise the rate on a house and up to 2 acres from 94 cents to 98 cents for every $100 of the property's value. The tax rate on non-residential property would go from $1.44 to about $1.52 per $100 of value.  Go to full article

New York state anti-corruption panel ends as part of budget deal

The recently-enacted state budget marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.  Go to full article
You can celebrate that this is the greatest advancement that's been made, or you can say "we're disappointed that we haven't had a total victory."

Cuomo, leaders admit some unfinished budget issues

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.  Go to full article

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