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Business Groups Oppose Minimum Wage Hike

Business groups in New York are protesting an end of session agenda that they call Albany's attack on jobs. They are particularly concerned about two bills to raise the minimum wage and increase workers compensation benefits. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

2002 Legislature Winds Down

With one week and one day left in the formal legislative session, a number of issues remain unresolved. Karen Dewitt takes a look at some of what's left for the Senate and Assembly to do before leaving for the summer.  Go to full article

State Lawmakers Agree on Congressional Redistricting

Legislative leaders have announced agreement on a Congressional redistricting plan that's designed to get rid of one Congressional representative from each major party. Both Republicans and Democrats say the final plan improves their party's chances overall of keeping incumbents in their seats after November. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NYS Legislature: Session's Loose Ends

With just over two weeks to go in the legislative session, state lawmakers are still mired in disagreement over two key issues: congressional redistricting and the governance of New York City schools. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Outgoing Senator Stafford Explains His Reasons for Leaving the Legislature

Speaking to reporters at the Republican State Convention yesterday in Manhattan, outgoing State Senator Ron Stafford said the last 37 years in the state legislature have been "meaningful" and "rewarding". On Monday, the chairman of the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee announced he won't seek re-election this November. Martha Foley has more.
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Lawmakers Defend Three Men In A Room Process to Balance Budget

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders conducted the just completed state budget, mostly in secret. Lawmakers say the return to three men in a room was necessary because New York faces a fiscal crisis. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Lawmakers Finish Budget

The state legislature has finished the budget, six and a half weeks after the deadline. Governor Pataki and the legislative leaders say they are proud of a difficult budget put together in the midst of a financial crisis, and they defend the new fees and one shots the budget contain. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Budget Gets Final Review

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders say they may finally have a state budget in place later this week. They say they're putting the final touches on a budget that will likely contain some new fees, including an extra surcharge on cell phones. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Critics of Rockefeller Drug Laws Want Legislature to Repeal Harshest Aspects This Year

The Rockefeller Drug Laws are now entering their 30th year. Critics stepped up their demands that the harshest aspects of the sentencing laws be repealed. They are urging Governor Pataki and the legislature to act this session. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Question Proposed ETF Loan to Help Balance State's Budget

As Governor Pataki and the legislature continue to write and negotiate budget bills in secret, environmentalists are left wondering whether a proposed loan of 200-million dollars from the environmental trust fund is really a loan at all. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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