Queensbury, NY, Jun 30, 2010 — State Senator Betty Little says the budget chaos in Albany has been brutal for the North Country - with more spending for more programs shifting to communities downstate.
But she gave Governor David Paterson high marks for promising to veto additional deficit spending proposed by Democrats in the legislature.
Ogdensburg, NY, Feb 25, 2010 — This March, the 2010 Census count begins, a process required by the Constitution every 10 years, which helps, primarily, in determining the number of seats each state gets in Congress. But what happens if someone is in a prison far from home? How should he be counted by the state? The controversial prisoner census issue splits largely along an urban and rural divide. New York City politicians are pushing to end the practice of counting prisoners where they're jailed. But upstate, where the majority of prisons are located, politicians think they deserve the boost in political power that comes with counting prisoners. Lawmakers need to settle the issue before political redistricting efforts get underway next year. In a collaboration between North Country Public Radio and WNYC, David Sommerstein reports on the view from the North Country. Go to full article
Jan 07, 2005 — Governor Pataki's state of the state address included a long list of new initiatives and proposals. The Governor didn't address a looming 6-billion dollar budget deficit. State senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury who represents the Champlain Valley and much of the Adirondacks, says she likes many of the ideas unveiled on Wednesday. But Little says she wants to see a spending plan that adds up. She spoke this week with Brian Mann. Go to full article