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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 Critics stepped up their demands that the harshest aspects of the sentencing laws be repealed.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

Aubertine Declares for 118th

Races for state Assembly seats are shaping up for the two new districts in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. After Republican Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava announced last week she would run in the 122nd district, Democrat Darryl Aubertine yesterday officially kick off his campaign for the 118th district. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Direct Democracy

Martha Foley talks with Canton Mayor Robert Wells about initiative and referendum. The Governor supports the idea, but will it ever become law in New York?  Go to full article

NY Senate Approves Initiative and Referendum Idea

A measure to allow voters in New York to decide directly on ballots issues passed the state senate last week, but is unlikely to become law anytime soon. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

New Budget Would Borrow From Environment and Healthcare Funds

The new state budget framework includes plan to borrow from funds meant for the environment and health care in order to balance the state's budget. Groups that benefit from those funds aren't happy with this arrangement. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Budget Deal Reached

The governor and leaders of the legislature finally worked out a budget deal last night. Details are scant. None of the leaders offered an estimate on the overall size of the spending plan — and how it compares to the $89 billion budget Pataki proposed in January. Karen Dewitt reports.
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