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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

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Budget Battle

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

Rural Advocates Oppose State Funding Cuts

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

Lawmakers Question Proposal to Close State Psychiatric Hospitals

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

NYC Mayor Asks State Lawmakers for Fiscal Help

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

Fiscal Experts Analyze Pataki's Budget Plan

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

Pataki Offers Tough Budget Plan

Governor Pataki chose deep spending cuts over broad based tax hikes in his plan to close a combined budget gap of $11.5 billion. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Delivers Budget Speech This Morning

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

Pataki to Release His Budget Plans Wednesday

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

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