minimum wage http://wrvo.org en State Assembly Speaker wants minimum wage hike fast-tracked http://wrvo.org/post/state-assembly-speaker-wants-minimum-wage-hike-fast-tracked <p></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:30:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49361 at http://wrvo.org New state laws bring tax cuts, health screening and casinos http://wrvo.org/post/new-state-laws-bring-tax-cuts-health-screening-and-casinos <p>A number of new state laws take effect in New York Jan. 1.&nbsp; They include a few tax cuts and tax breaks, and even a new regulation that could impact the health of baby boomers.</p><p>Hitting the books in the new year are the first of three new tax cuts for small businesses and an additional nearly 10 percent tax cut for manufacturers.&nbsp; Middle-income families are also getting tax relief in 2014. That affects people who make between $40,000 and $300,000 a year and who have at least one dependent child.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Charles Lane 49285 at http://wrvo.org Report: New Yorkers pay a price for longer unemployment http://wrvo.org/post/report-new-yorkers-pay-price-longer-unemployment <p></p><p>A new report on the status of workers finds the period since the 2008 market crash may turn out to be a “lost decade” for New Yorkers, as wages stagnate and the average time for unemployment lengthens.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:27:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 43373 at http://wrvo.org New York state legislature passes budget http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org This year's state budget negotiations follow closed-door tradition http://wrvo.org/post/years-state-budget-negotiations-follow-closed-door-tradition <p>It's known as the “three men in a room” style of decision making. For decades now, the governor and the two party's legislative leaders meet behind closed doors in the governor’s offices and decide key issues, like the contents of the state budget. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:02:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35421 at http://wrvo.org Legislature on track to finish budget this week http://wrvo.org/post/legislature-track-finish-budget-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 http://wrvo.org Senate passes some budget bills, Assembly waits until Thursday http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org Gillibrand pushes for national $10 minimum wage http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-pushes-national-10-minimum-wage <p>New York's junior senator is staging a fight to raise the federal minimum wage to more than $10 an hour. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:30:50 +0000 Ryan Delaney 35065 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand pushes for national $10 minimum wage Budget accord reached; lawmakers still filling in details http://wrvo.org/post/budget-accord-reached-lawmakers-still-filling-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 http://wrvo.org Lawmakers say weekend budget session increasingly likely http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org State budget talks to go another day http://wrvo.org/post/state-budget-talks-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 http://wrvo.org State legislative leaders hopeful budget will be on time http://wrvo.org/post/state-legislative-leaders-hopeful-budget-will-be-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 http://wrvo.org Senate co-leaders offer different accounts of minimum wage budget provision http://wrvo.org/post/senate-co-leaders-offer-different-accounts-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 http://wrvo.org Cuomo poll ratings down, but still higher than most pols http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-poll-ratings-down-still-higher-most-pols <p>A new Siena College poll finds a slight drop in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity for the third month in a row. The poll finds the governor’s popularity has dropped to 64 percent -- still higher than most politicians in the country -- but an eight point slide from a 72 percent approval rating in&nbsp; December. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:58:59 +0000 Karen DeWitt 34592 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco thinks state lawmakers can deliver budget on time - again http://wrvo.org/post/defrancisco-thinks-state-lawmakers-can-deliver-budget-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 http://wrvo.org State Assembly approves minimum wage http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org Cuomo, lawmakers meet on budget http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-lawmakers-meet-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 http://wrvo.org State minimum wage increase faces hurdles http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org 30-day amendments make several changes to Cuomo's budget plan http://wrvo.org/post/30-day-amendments-make-several-changes-cuomos-budget-plan <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo made several changes to his budget plan in what are called 30-day amendments. These amendments range from imposing a teacher evaluation plan on schools in New York City, to cutting the cost of hunting licenses. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:20:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 33758 at http://wrvo.org Minimum Wage Hike Stands Better Chance in 2013 http://wrvo.org/post/minimum-wage-hike-stands-better-chance-2013 <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed raising the minimum wage as part of his budget plan, even though the increase would not cost New York State any money.&nbsp; That tactic might make it easier for the proposal to become law. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:58:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32283 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo proposes third lean budget http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-proposes-third-lean-budget <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $142 billion state budget, that includes federal aid for post Superstorm Sandy recovery, and closes a $1.3 billion dollar budget gap. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:31:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32253 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo proposes third lean budget "People's State of the State" calls for raising minimum wage http://wrvo.org/post/peoples-state-state-calls-raising-minimum-wage <p>In anticipation of the annual State of the State address, a coalition of progressive groups held their 23rd annual People's State of the State on the steps of the Capitol in Albany. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:11:25 +0000 Marie Cusick 31632 at http://wrvo.org "People's State of the State" calls for raising minimum wage NY's food pantries say hunger is growing http://wrvo.org/post/nys-food-pantries-say-hunger-growing <p>Food pantries and soup kitchens say they are reluctantly becoming a permanent part of the nation’s safety net for the poor. In a new report on New York’s charitable food distribution system, the groups say it is government that needs to step in and lend a helping hand. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:43:56 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31225 at http://wrvo.org New state Senate coalition defends itself http://wrvo.org/post/new-state-senate-coalition-defends-itself <p>The newly-formed coalition of Republicans and Democrats, who will run the New York state Senate for the new term starting in January, made their first public appearance. They responded to criticism that the new majority coalition leaves out blacks and Hispanics.&nbsp; Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:45:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt & Karen 30368 at http://wrvo.org Activists protest Valesky office, asking him to stick with Democrats http://wrvo.org/post/activists-protest-valesky-office-asking-him-stick-democrats <p>While the balance of the New York State senate remains unclear, as votes continue to be counted in a pair of close Senate races, activists are calling on a breakaway political coalition to stick with the Democrats. A coalition of union and community groups believe some important issues depend on it. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:13:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 29882 at http://wrvo.org Activists protest Valesky office, asking him to stick with Democrats Advocates urge minimum wage hike http://wrvo.org/post/advocates-urge-minimum-wage-hike <p>Advocates for a minimum wage hike rallied at the state Capitol Monday, amid growing signals that there might not be a special session to deal with the issue, or any items at all this year. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:42:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29389 at http://wrvo.org Advocates urge minimum wage hike Study finds rich get richer, the rest decline http://wrvo.org/post/study-finds-rich-get-richer-rest-decline <p>A union-funded think tank finds that New York has the greatest income disparity in the nation. The Fiscal Policy Institute says that trend continues, with the top one percent gaining more financial resources, while the middle class is falling behind and the numbers of the poor are growing. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:49:42 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29336 at http://wrvo.org Al Stirpe & Don Miller compete for Assembly again http://wrvo.org/post/al-stirpe-don-miller-compete-assembly-again <p>Everyone who votes on Tuesday in New York state will choose who will represent them in the state Assembly and Senate.&nbsp; Very few of those races are truly competitive, with many incumbents running unopposed or against candidates who have no chance of winning.&nbsp; The exception in central New York is the race for the newly created 127th Assembly district.. which is a rematch of a very close race two years ago. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 12:04:38 +0000 Ellen Abbott 28580 at http://wrvo.org Al Stirpe & Don Miller compete for Assembly again Lawmakers consider changes to living wage law http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-consider-changes-living-wage-law <p>Lawmakers are considering some changes to the seven-year-old living wage law in Syracuse. The tweaks are targeted at the people who serve you food when you fly out of town.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:07:12 +0000 Ellen Abbott 22439 at http://wrvo.org Eight session days left, many issues unresolved http://wrvo.org/post/eight-session-days-left-many-issues-unresolved <p>New York state lawmakers plan on leaving Albany for the summer on June 21, but they continue to be gridlocked on the issues of raising the state&rsquo;s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, and offering tax breaks to small businesses as an incentive to create more jobs.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:25:19 +0000 Karen DeWitt 20788 at http://wrvo.org