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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
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
Thereís 2.9 million reasons why it should be in the budget. Thatís the number of New Yorkers who lack health insurance.

Skelos: GOP majority reluctant to approve health care exchanges

As part of the federal health care act backed by President Obama, approved by Congress and before the U.S. Supreme Court next week, states are required to set up health insurance "exchanges." This creates the health care plans that will be available to the uninsured, who will be required to purchase them when the act is fully implemented.

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to set up New York's exchange as part of the state budget agreement. But Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says there's too much uncertainty to create now. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

State lawmakers finish week, but not budget

State lawmakers have abandoned the idea of completing a state budget one week ahead of schedule. As Karen DeWitt reports, they were due home in their districts late Thursday without agreement on a new spending plan.  Go to full article
There has been a disturbing pattern on the part of the majority of stifling debate.

Partisan tensions rising in state Senate

Senate Republicans are claiming victory in a too-close-to-call special election in Brooklyn. A win by the GOP candidate could spell another blow to minority party Democrats in the Senate.

Beleaguered Democrats already charge the Senate GOP has been using house rules to further stifle them. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Reform groups wrangle over redistricting constitutional amendment

Government reform groups are badly fractured over a proposed constitutional amendment poised for passage in the legislature to change the state's redistricting process. Some say it's the best deal that can be obtained and will represent some reform. Others say it's an unacceptable step backwards. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Not only would it not be reform, it would be regression.

Critics say constitutional amendment won't fix redistricting

Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo are crafting a constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan panel to draw new legislative and congressional district lines after the next census in 2020. But critics say in its present form, the proposal won't accomplish its goal. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Proposed NYS Assembly and Senate district lines may be redrawn by court.
Proposed NYS Assembly and Senate district lines may be redrawn by court.

Federal court may redraw state legislative lines, as deadline draws near

It's coming down to the wire on redistricting in New York. A federal court has already usurped a gridlocked state legislature and drawn new congressional lines. Now it's on track to redraw state legislative lines, too, if the Assembly and Senate do not agree on a bill by March 15th. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo:
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo:

New York State more likely to have three primaries after Senate says bill is DOA

The Leader of the State Senate says an Assembly bill to hold state legislative primaries on June 26th is dead on arrival in his house. As Karen DeWitt reports, that means it's more likely the state will hold three separate primaries this year.  Go to full article

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