From NCPR Blogs:
The failure of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House last month came as a surprise to many. As David Sommerstein wrote in NCPR’s blog The Dirt at that time, “Republicans voted against the bill, many because they didn’t like its nearly...
Whew! the legislative session is over! In case you missed it, here’s the Capitol Confidential blog’s wrap-up of what happened, and here’s the Cuomo Administration’s post-session report. Regionally, St. Lawrence, Essex,...
So as you may have heard, it’s the last (scheduled) day of New York state’s legislative session today, and it’s looking like a long one for legislators before they head out for the season. I actually just heard via email from our...
This morning we reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was facing some troubles getting his major issues through the legislature, including his Women’s Equality Act and campaign finance reform. Each has been blocked in the state Senate, where...
With word of Senator John Sampson’s arrest on corruption and embezzlement charges, it’s impossible to ignore the sense that New York’s Democratic Party is in need of a serious intervention. Yes, Republicans have been vulnerable to...
News stories tagged with "legislature"
by Martha Foley
Apr 30, 2003 — The annual budget battle took a turn for the worse yesterday in Albany. Martha Foley talks with Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt about the deepening split between the governor and the legislature, and the consequences. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Feb 11, 2003 — A coalition of programs and agencies known as the Rural Preservation Program faces funding cuts up to 55 percent. Advocates say the cuts, and a proposed restructuring threaten community development and housing programs vital in rural New York. Martha Foley talks with Nancy Berkowitz of Rural Advocates. Go to full article
Feb 06, 2003 — State lawmakers grilled New York's Mental Health Commissioner over the proposed closure of five psychiatric hospitals. Commissioner James Stone testified at a joint hearing of the legislative budget committees. Karen Dewitt was there and has more on the story. Go to full article
Feb 04, 2003 — New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg asked the joint fiscal committees of the state legislature to help him close a $3 billion budget deficit. The mayor received no concrete promise of aid, and was met with opposition to his idea to impose a new commuter tax. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Feb 03, 2003 — Governor Pataki has said that he's pushing for deep spending cuts in his new budget because he does not want to repeat mistakes that were made in the early 90's. But fiscal experts say there are more similarities that differences between the governor's plan, and the budgets of over a decade ago. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Jan 29, 2003 — Governor Pataki release a state budget plan that is expected to contain bad news, in the form of budget cuts, for nearly every segment of state government. As Karen Dewitt reports, lawmakers and lobbyists are anxiously awaiting Pataki's presentation. Go to full article
Jan 28, 2003 — Governor Pataki has said he wants to reform Medicaid in his new budget, to be released Wednesday. Those who have to pay for rapidly growing state health care program are hoping that Pataki will propose cuts as a solution. Those who depend on Medicaid for health care wish that the Governor would preserve services. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Jan 24, 2003 — Governor Pataki says he won't include any ?job-killing? tax increases in his new budget. 200 human service groups have formed a coalition to argue that the spending cuts that Pataki says he'll propose can also reduce jobs in New York. The new coalition says tax surcharges on New Yorkers who can afford to pay are a better answer. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Jan 23, 2003 — Advocates for the legalization of medical marijuana are targeting New York State, aiming to convince more state lawmakers that some people with cancer, AIDS and other chronic conditions need the drug to improve their health. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article