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Legislature returns for special session this week

Governor David Paterson is calling the legislature back to Albany later this week, demanding that they finish work on the now fifteen-week late state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Governor reminds lawmakers about Monday's budget deadline

Governor David Paterson once again raised the specter of a government shut down following a private meeting with legislative leaders, saying he feared lawmakers were not taking his June 28th budget deadline seriously enough. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Legislature faces shutdown vote

New York state government may not shut down this week after all. Governor David Paterson is cautiously optimistic that the Legislature will approve his weekly emergency spending bill being put up for a vote today. If lawmakers reject the bill, state government would have to shut down services. The governor and legislative leaders talked through the weekend in an effort to agree on a budget that's already nearly two-and-a-half months late. Martha Foley checks in with Albany reporter Karen DeWitt to see where things stand as another week begins.  Go to full article

Judge blocks governor's worker furloughs, at least temporarily

A federal judge yesterday blocked Governor David Paterson from imposing furloughs on about 100,000 state workers until he rules on union lawsuits that could stop the furloughs altogether.
The legislature reluctantly approved unpaid one-day-a-week furlough as part of another short-term budget extender Monday. They were to take effect next Monday.
Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Power subsidy program for businesses set to expire

Governor David Paterson says he wants New York's Power For Jobs program to be made permanent. The popular program is set to expire on May 15th. Speaking in Albany today, Paterson said Power For Jobs is a key job creator in New York. Power For Jobs gives companies reduced electricity rates in exchange for creating employment. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Scott van Laer's breeding farm in the Adirondacks has been threatened by the state crisis (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Scott van Laer's breeding farm in the Adirondacks has been threatened by the state crisis (Photos: Brian Mann)

Bungling by industry and state leaders threatens Saratoga horse racing season

The budget crisis in Albany is threatening to derail yet another major upstate New York tourist draw.

Already this year, Governor David Paterson raised the possibility of cutting all funding for the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid and shutting down state campgrounds.

Now the state's political gridlock could force horseracing officials to cancel or scale back this year's summer meet at the track in Saratoga Springs.

Even the sport's biggest fans say New York's thoroughbred industry is in serious trouble.

As Brian Mann reports, some of that pain is being felt here in the North Country.  Go to full article

Senate GOP seeks school tax cap

The Senate's Republican minority is pushing to cap school taxes, while seeking to provide districts with access to more of their own reserves. The cap on growth would be either slightly more than the inflation rate or up to 2.5%, whichever is lower. That would mean the upcoming local school taxes couldn't rise because there was no inflation last year. Senate Republican leaders are seeking the action before the May 18th school budget votes statewide. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Paterson pushes back against tax breaks

Governor David Paterson and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are speaking out against demands by Senate Democrats that the budget include property tax relief. State Senator Darrel Aubertine says he wants a "responsible" budget for education and health care. The Democrat says Albany is tied up over deep differences on how to close the state's $9 billion budget gap. Paterson says borrowing money to provide a tax break is bad policy. Senate Democrats say tax breaks will help the economy. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Union files grievance over hold on pay hikes

The state's largest public worker union has filed a grievance with state labor relations board, over Governor Paterson's decision to temporarily withhold 4% raises which were due to state employees April 1st. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Lawmakers unhappy with Gov's emergency spending bill

State legislators are not happy with Governor David Paterson's latest emergency spending bill to keep the state running without a budget. The governor says he'll withhold a number of expected payments, including, planned raises for state workers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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