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Coalition Proposes Tax Increase to Close State's Budget Gap

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

Assembly Panel Considers Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Use

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

Medicaid Costs Driving State Budget Problems

There's a growing nervousness over what Governor Pataki may propose in his budget plan next week. In anticipation of possible cut backs, hospitals across new York made clear Tuesday that any further declines instate aid could be harmful to patients. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

State Lawmakers to Consider Smoking Ban in the Workplace

Public health advocates say a new strict ban on smoking in the workplace is about to be introduced in a jointly-sponsored Senate and Assembly bill. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Should Hospitals Provide Contraceptive Pills to Women?

A state Assembly committee held hearings on whether hospitals in New York should be required to provide emergency contraceptive pills to women who've been raped. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Senator Little Faces Budget Challenges, Sets Agenda

State Senator Betty Little, who represents the 45th district, took the oath of office just six days ago. She's busy opening new offices in Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, and Albany. And she's already been named to chair the Senate Local Government Committee. Last week, Senator Little spoke at the annual meeting of the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation. As Brian Mann reports, she outlined an agenda for her first term.  Go to full article

Good Government Groups Want Greater Scrutiny of Lobbyists

Good government groups say the circumstances of a Bronx Assemblywoman's conviction on bribery charges reveal a need for greater scrutiny of lobbyists at the state capitol. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Leader Warns Budget Problems Could Get Worse

New York's Senate Majority Leader says the combined projected state budget deficit of $12 billion dollars could be even bigger. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Can Pataki Handle Another Budget Crisis?

Governor Pataki believes that he can ride out the state's budget crisis by cutting spending and cutting taxes, as he did in 1995. But some say that times are different now than when Pataki faced his last budget crisis. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Delivers Upbeat Speech

Governor Pataki delivered an upbeat message about overcoming adversity in his 9th annual State of the State message. The Governor provided few details on how he'll close the looming budget deficit, but vowed not to delay some tax cuts scheduled to take effect this year.  Go to full article

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