New York Budget en Cuomo's budget victory tour overshadowed by scandals in the legislature <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been touring statewide to promote the newly passed state budget, saying it shows that New York state is functional again. But not everyone is completely convinced. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 23:52:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35827 at Cuomo says relationship with Syracuse Mayor Miner is "fine" <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his relationship with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is "fine," but the two have not talked in a few months. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 19:27:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 35709 at Cuomo says relationship with Syracuse Mayor Miner is "fine" How the "innovation agenda" faired in the state budget <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out <a href="" target="_blank">an ambitious agenda</a> around economic growth, innovation and clean energy in <a href="" target="_blank">his proposed 2013-2014 Executive Budget</a>. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:23:29 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Kate O'Connell 35513 at How the "innovation agenda" faired in the state budget New York state legislature passes budget <p>The state legislature is finished voting on a $141.3 billion state budget, with the Assembly completing it's work shortly before midnight on Thursday. The final passage occurred one week past lawmakers’ s self-imposed deadline, but three days before the spending plan was actually due to be finished.&nbsp; Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:58:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35485 at State budget includes more tax credits for film industry <p>The state budget includes a provision aimed at boosting the film industry in upstate New York. The new tax credit creates a two-tiered system that includes a 10 percent credit for productions using particular upstate locations. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:27:28 +0000 Kate O'Connell 35445 at State budget calls for distracted driving penalties to go up <p>The New York state budget calls for distracted drivers to pay a higher price for texting while driving or talking on the phone without a hands-free set. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:00:37 +0000 Carlet Cleare 35437 at IDAs retain right to give out state tax breaks in budget win <p>New York's numerous economic development bodies will still have the ability to give out state-level tax breaks in a deal struck with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in state budget negotiations. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:46:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 35321 at Despite early expectations, budget includes tax increase extensions <p>The new state budget that lawmakers are enacting this week contains a tax package that includes both tax breaks and tax increases. The spending plan comes just two months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo&nbsp; said there would not be any new taxes in the budget. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:08:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35329 at Legislature on track to finish budget this week <p>The state budget is on track to be finished on time, and before the March 31 deadline, now that all of the spending bills were finally printed shortly before midnight on Monday. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 04:37:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35262 at Senate passes some budget bills, Assembly waits until Thursday <p>The New York State Senate held a rare Sunday session at the Capitol, in an attempt to get the state budget finished on time in the midst of major religious holidays. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:49:26 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35234 at Despite agreement, budget talks go on <p>Even though state lawmakers announced a budget agreement Wednesday, they spent the day Thursday trying to pin down details and print the bills in time to be through over the weekend. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:52:19 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35137 at Budget accord reached; lawmakers still filling in details <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a framework for a new state budget Wednesday evening, but say they are still working out many of the details. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:04:03 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35063 at Lawmakers say weekend budget session increasingly likely <p>The New York state budget is crawling to a conclusion, as legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo continue closed door meetings to try to strike a final deal. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:35:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35009 at State budget talks to go another day <p>New York state lawmakers are close to agreeing on a new spending plan that would include a deal to raise taxes on the wealthy and raise the minimum wage.&nbsp; They failed to seal a pact Monday night, but say they will be back Tuesday morning to try again. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:12:47 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34950 at Area state senator wants Medicaid reform <p>No state spends more on Medicaid than New York, earning it the nickname of the Cadillac of Medicaid programs. But that may soon end. One of the reasons the state spends $54 billion a years on the federal health care program for the poor, are 31 optional services that the state can sign on for -- ranging from transportation, to prescription drugs, to private nurses. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:14:08 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34802 at State legislative leaders hopeful budget will be on time <p>State lawmakers are hurrying toward getting a budget agreement in place, with a stepped-up schedule of conference committees and meetings with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But the governor is throwing cold water on striking a deal by the weekend. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:39:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34797 at Disabled lobby for funding restoration <p>One of the areas of disagreement in the state budget centers on funding for services for New York’s developmentally disabled people.&nbsp; Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:11:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34681 at Senate co-leaders offer different accounts of minimum wage budget provision <p>The New York State Senate has included raising the state’s minimum wage in its one-house budget resolution. But that’s not necessarily a signal that a wage increase is moving forward in the state spending plan. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:14:10 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34618 at DeFrancisco thinks state lawmakers can deliver budget on time - again <p>The hearings are over; the New York State Assembly and Senate have put together their respective spending plans. Now this week, lawmakers in Albany get down to the details of hammering out a state budget that both chambers can agree on. Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco of Syracuse believes it can be done before the April 1 deadline. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:42:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34566 at School districts worry about state aid while budgeting for next year <p>School districts across New York state are in the midst of their budget process right now, with many facing dwindling state aid and more state mandates.&nbsp; A weekend legislative conference in Syracuse focused on the story that doesn't seem to change. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:15:44 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34563 at Families of disabled ask state government not to cut money for services <p>Advocates for the disabled will be out in force in Syracuse Friday, rallying against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed cuts to the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. The six percent across-the-board budget proposal would mean major cuts to the agencies across the state that provide support and services for the developmentally disabled. Many families are afraid of what will happen if those services go away. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:41:45 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34469 at Families of disabled ask state government not to cut money for services State Assembly approves minimum wage <p>The New York State Assembly voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour, but the measure is stalled in the state Senate. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:04:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34303 at Cuomo, lawmakers meet on budget <p>With just three weeks and one day to go before a state budget deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders met to assess how far they have to go to reach a deal. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:44:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34005 at State minimum wage increase faces hurdles <p>New York State lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol Wednesday following a two-week break for the President’s Day holiday.&nbsp; Lawmakers have plenty to work on in the next few weeks leading up to the start of the state’s fiscal year, including whether to pass a minimum wage hike as part of the state budget. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:10:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 33959 at Budget watchdog group urges rejection of Cuomo's pension bailout plan <p>A leading budget watchdog group is urging rejection of a key component of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget plan. It would allow cities and schools to put off some payments to their pension funds. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 33866 at Cuomo to make budget changes with 30-day amendments <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will make several changes to his budget using 30 day amendments, including imposing a teacher evaluation plan on New York City, and cutting the cost of hunting licenses. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:48:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 33676 at Cuomo wants to shift some IDA powers to his regional councils <p>In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget, the state’s <a href="" target="_blank">Industrial Development Agencies</a>, or IDAs, would no longer be able to grant state sales tax exemptions for economic development projects. Instead, that authority will go to Cuomo's <a href="" target="_blank">Regional Economic Development Councils</a>. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Ashley Hirtzel 33516 at Upstate Hospital requesting more funding from state <p>SUNY is asking the state for up to $185 million to stabilize its two public teaching hospitals. Most of the cash is needed for the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. But Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse also needs millions. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:58:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 33513 at Upstate Hospital requesting more funding from state What New York's 'innovation network' might look like <p>When Gov. Andrew Cuomo put forward his economic development agenda in his State of the State address in early January, he <a href="" target="_blank">outlined his plans to grow innovation and entrepreneurship</a>. He spoke of a new venture capital fund, the commercialization of academic research and providing support for startups. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:21:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 32589 at What New York's 'innovation network' might look like State budget puts more focus on agriculture <p>The state budget proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for new efforts to boost sales of New York produce, a change from previous administrations, says a pro-farming group. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:45:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 32528 at State budget puts more focus on agriculture