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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
State Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury
State Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury

As Session Ends, Senator Little Eyes Taxes, ATVs & Casino

New York's legislature is log-jammed over a court-ruling that is expected to reshape school funding in the state. Here in the north country, school districts and local governments are funded largely by property taxes. Brian Mann spoke with state Senator Betty Little, who says property taxes have risen to crisis levels. She passed two bills this session aimed at shifting some of the burden to sales taxes.

UPDATE: On Thursday, Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver announced that he'll block the casino compact this session, as part of an effort to push Native casinos in the Catskills. Speaking with the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Senator Little says the Akwesasne casino's future is "precarious".  Go to full article

Deal Could be Near to Release Member Item Funds

Not-for-profit groups may be one step closer to getting money promised to them from the New York State legislature's budget following a meeting between Governor Pataki and legislative leaders. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Legislative Session Ends With Whimper, Not Bang

New York State lawmakers ended their 2003 session with few major agreements. Karen DeWitt wraps up the last minute action from Albany.  Go to full article

Assembly Leader Hopes to Wrap Up Legislature Next Week

New York's Assembly Speaker says he hopes to resolve the remaining
issues of the legislative session rapidly over the next few days, and says the continuation of talks has not been effected by the arrest of his top aid on rape charges Wednesday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Legislature Restores Education Funding

The New York State legislature is still passing budget bills, as Governor George Pataki continues to condemn the lawmakers and threaten retribution. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports. (4:47)  Go to full article

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