New York state budget http://wrvo.org en Cuomo, legislative leaders admit some unfinished budget issues http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-legislative-leaders-admit-some-unfinished-budget-issues <p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:55:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53625 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers pass budget before deadline http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-pass-budget-deadline <p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:40:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53565 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers pass budget before deadline State budget finalized, voting on Monday http://wrvo.org/post/state-budget-finalized-voting-monday <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion state budget and say they are on track to meet the <span data-term="goog_1480901602" tabindex="0">April 1</span> deadline.</p><p>The budget includes a multi-step plan that could &nbsp;lower property taxes, $340 million for schools to start pre-K programs, and a limited test program for public campaign financing.</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:43:04 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53466 at http://wrvo.org State budget finalized, voting on Monday Budget negotiations continued at Capitol http://wrvo.org/post/budget-negotiations-continued-capitol <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement, after the time for an expected announcement came and went <span data-term="goog_1674440278" tabindex="0">on Friday</span>.</p><p>Optimistic lawmakers had predicted a final accord on the budget by mid day <span data-term="goog_1674440279" tabindex="0">Friday</span>, but in the end, were unable to achieve that goal.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:55:13 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53432 at http://wrvo.org Budget deal could be reached Friday http://wrvo.org/post/budget-deal-could-be-reached-friday <p></p><p><strong>Update as of 7:00 a.m. Friday:</strong></p><p>Legislative leaders say they expect to have a final agreement on a state budget later today. They need a deal by midday in order to be on schedule for an on time budget when the fiscal year ends <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_597162673" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">on Monday</span></span>.</p><p><strong>Update as of 4:45 p.m. Thursday:</strong></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:00:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53359 at http://wrvo.org Albany budget deal provides little information to the public http://wrvo.org/post/albany-budget-deal-provides-little-information-public <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:24:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53343 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers say delay of Common Core effects likely in state budget http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-say-delay-common-core-effects-likely-state-budget <p></p><p>State lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.</p><p>The state Assembly already passed a bill to delay the effects of the new Common Core tests on students and teachers, after widespread complaints that schools and the state education department were not adequately prepared to make the needed curriculum changes.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:39:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53309 at http://wrvo.org State lawmakers say delay of Common Core effects likely in state budget Lawmakers come closer to budget agreement http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-come-closer-budget-agreement <p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:01:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53282 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo pushes property tax proposal, but admits opposition http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-pushes-property-tax-proposal-admits-opposition <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped away from budget negotiations in Albany on Tuesday to stump for his plan to consolidate local governments and reduce property taxes, even though he admitted afterward he may not be able to push the plan through those budget talks.</p><p>Cuomo told a crowd at the DeWitt community room that after the property tax cap he pushed through earlier in his first term as governor, this was the next step in righting the state's fiscal ship.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53253 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo pushes property tax proposal, but admits opposition Dispute ends budget meeting http://wrvo.org/post/dispute-ends-budget-meeting <p></p><p>The next several days will be crucial ones in Albany for negotiations on the state budget.&nbsp;Tensions ran high at a closed-door meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.</p><p>Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders meeting before the weekend early, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, at the expense of the rest of the state.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:48:15 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53062 at http://wrvo.org Dispute ends budget meeting Education fights will dominate final weeks of budget talks http://wrvo.org/post/education-fights-will-dominate-final-weeks-budget-talks <p></p><p>The state Senate and Assembly are scheduled to begin conference committee meetings <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_588611751" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">on Monday</span></span>, now that both houses have finished with their resolutions laying out their positions.&nbsp;</p><p>Sticking points include funding for charter schools. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans want to restore changes made by&nbsp; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to three charter schools. The mayor says the schools can no longer&nbsp; have rent-free space in existing public school buildings.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52743 at http://wrvo.org Assembly presents budget resolution http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-presents-budget-resolution <p></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:42:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52608 at http://wrvo.org Assembly presents budget resolution Governor proposes offering low-cost 'basic health care plan" http://wrvo.org/post/governor-proposes-offering-low-cost-basic-health-care-plan <p></p><p>People who are finding it difficult to pay for a health insurance policy offered through New York sate’s health care exchanges, may find a more affordable plan, if a proposal in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget goes through.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:08:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52471 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco says pre-K funding battle could complicate state budget talks http://wrvo.org/post/defrancisco-says-pre-k-funding-battle-could-complicate-state-budget-talks <p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:58:55 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52172 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco says pre-K funding battle could complicate state budget talks Cuomo spends on ads to promote budget priorities http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-spends-ads-promote-budget-priorities <p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:39:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52171 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo spends on ads to promote budget priorities Cuomo's estate tax cut plan draws mixed reviews http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-estate-tax-cut-plan-draws-mixed-reviews <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax is drawing praise from fiscally conservative groups and condemnation from advocates for the poor.<br /><br />The governor's proposal would raise the threshold for New York’s estate tax from the current $1 million to $5.25 million, which is the current federal rate of taxation. EJ McMahon, with the fiscally conservative think tank The Empire Center calls the levy a death tax. He says it’s about time New York got in synch with the rest of the country, where many states have already eliminated the tax altogether.<br /> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:47:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51855 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's estate tax cut plan draws mixed reviews Winter snowstorms blow through state budget http://wrvo.org/post/winter-snowstorms-blow-through-state-budget <p></p><p>Gov. Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for nearly all of Eastern New York including New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley into Albany, as another winter storm hits the region.</p><p>The governor says the frequency of storms this winter has depleted the state’s budget for plowing, sanding and salting, but he says his budget staff will find the money from other parts of the budget to deal with the storm and potential future storms this year.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:49:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51343 at http://wrvo.org Winter snowstorms blow through state budget Union activists protest governor's budget plan http://wrvo.org/post/union-activists-protest-governors-budget-plan <p></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51234 at http://wrvo.org Union activists protest governor's budget plan State comptroller says highway fund mostly used for state debt, operating costs http://wrvo.org/post/state-comptroller-says-highway-fund-mostly-used-state-debt-operating-costs <p></p><p>State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says last fiscal year, less than a quarter of the state's dedicated highway and bridge trust fund was used to pay for infrastructure maintenance. He says the rest of the money was spent on state debt payments and other operating costs.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:45:56 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51155 at http://wrvo.org State comptroller says highway fund mostly used for state debt, operating costs Will a free ride to college boost STEM study in N.Y.? http://wrvo.org/post/will-free-ride-college-boost-stem-study-ny <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>In his 2014 agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed giving college scholarships to high school students as a way to boost study of science, technology engineering and math, or STEM.</p><p>But some educators say a scholarship may not be the best way to get more kids involved in these subjects.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:52:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50834 at http://wrvo.org Will a free ride to college boost STEM study in N.Y.? Investigation launched into student debt relief industry http://wrvo.org/post/investigation-launched-student-debt-relief-industry <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly formed Student Protection Unit has launched an investigation into the student debt relief industry.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:22:54 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50470 at http://wrvo.org Investigation launched into student debt relief industry American Lung Association says New York needs to spend more to help people quit smoking http://wrvo.org/post/american-lung-association-says-new-york-needs-spend-more-help-people-quit-smoking <p> New York state received mixed grades in the annual American Lung Association report card.&nbsp; But the advocacy group says more can be done to help people quit the smoking habit..<br /><br />Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in this country, in New York state that translates to about 25,000 people who die every year from smoking-related diseases. So while the state got good grades as far as smoke free air and the nations highest cigarette tax, it got failing grades when it comes to helping people quit. &nbsp;<br /> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:22:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50481 at http://wrvo.org American Lung Association says New York needs to spend more to help people quit smoking Cuomo's budget reads like reelection agenda http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-budget-reads-reelection-agenda <p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:51:21 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50458 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's budget reads like reelection agenda Education advocates express budget concerns http://wrvo.org/post/education-advocates-express-budget-concerns <p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:13:52 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50286 at http://wrvo.org Education advocates express budget concerns State groups respond to Cuomo's budget plan http://wrvo.org/post/state-groups-respond-cuomos-budget-plan <p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:11:46 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50277 at http://wrvo.org State groups respond to Cuomo's budget plan Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police http://wrvo.org/post/budget-paves-way-statewide-information-sharing-police <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Tuesday’s executive <a href="http://publications.budget.ny.gov/eBudget1415/fy1415littlebook/BriefingBook.pdf" target="_blank">budget proposal</a> address included a $10 million initiative from the Cuomo administration to create a statewide police information database.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:02:06 +0000 Kate O'Connell 50227 at http://wrvo.org Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police Cuomo's budget phases in pre-K, tax cuts http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-budget-phases-pre-k-tax-cuts <p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:13:04 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50219 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's budget phases in pre-K, tax cuts