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Budget Talks Center on Restoring Programs

Legislative conference committees have begun meeting on a budget agreement, due April 1. Most of the talk centers on restoring money to programs cut by Gov. Pataki. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Meier Pushes Revenue Cap

Most of the state budget negotiations center on how much money lawmakers want to put back into programs cut by the governor. But state Senator Ray Meier and a colleague propose a different approach -- limiting the revenue side. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

North Country Educators Worry About More Funding For NYC

A state court has ordered New York's legislature to spend 5.6 billion dollars more each year to improve New York City's crumbling public schools. Governor George Pataki has promised to appeal the ruling. School officials around the North Country worry that increased funding for the city would mean fewer dollars for rural districts. Now the group that brought the lawsuit, known as the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, is working to convince upstate education leaders that their districts won't pay the price for rebuilding schools in the city. Brian Mann reports from Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

Democrats Fare Better in NY than in Nation

Democrats in the State Senate picked up two seats from the Republican Majority, and two more Republican Senators remain locked in races that are too close to call. The Democrats also gained one position in the New York State Assembly. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Budget Reform Becomes Centerpiece in Legislative Campaigns

The 2004 legislative session ended with the latest budget in state history, as state Senators and Assembly members failed to meet the deadline for the 20th year in a row. The lawmakers also were unable to answer a court order to reform school funding, and ethical scandals plagued the legislature. Now, as all members of the Senate and Assembly face re-election, reform is the number one issue in legislative campaigns. Karen DeWitt takes a look, in the first of two reports, at who is advocating change, and what shape possible reforms may take.  Go to full article

Bruno: Legislature, Reform Thyself

State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno has announced a new task force to reform the rules of the Senate, to open up the process. Bruno's action comes a few days after several Assembly Democrats made a proposal to reform the Assembly's practices. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Despite Vetoes, Medical Industry Satisfied With NY Budget

One of Governor Pataki's biggest line-item vetoes targeted a quarter-billion dollar grant meant to help hospitals fund capital improvement projects. The Governor also cut 12 million dollars which the legislature had budgeted for struggling nursing homes. But as Brian Mann reports, the health care industry won a big victory by blocking deep cuts to Medicaid.  Go to full article

Campaign to Reform NY Legislature Underway

The group that issued a report naming the New York State legislature as the most dysfunctional in the nation now plans a campaign to convince lawmakers to change their ways. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

A Closer Look at Dysfunction in Albany

While some bills, including the one ratifying the Akwesasne Mohawk casino compact, passed at the last minute, the list of things that didn't get done this session in Albany is long: education and Medicaid funding overhauls, reform of the Rockefeller drug laws and of the state's voting system. And on top of all that, the state budget is late for the 20th straight year. David Sommerstein talked with NCPR's Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt yesterday about what many observers are calling the worst year in Albany ever.  Go to full article

Albany Comes Up Short on Main Issues

The state legislature yesterday ended its 2004 regular session. Governor George Pataki and the legislature have come to agreement on a few minor bills. But as Karen DeWitt reports, the major issues remain undone.  Go to full article

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