Oswego, NY – New York State has lost its first chance at millions of federal education dollars.
The U.S. Department of Education has selected two states other than New York to receive grant money in the first round of "The Race to the Top" program. Out of 16 states, New York finished 14th.
With Gov. David Paterson proposing more than $1 billion in education aids cuts, and New York State lawmakers unable to close a $9.2 billion budget deficit, Paterson said getting in on the next round of grants is critical.
Oswego, NY – The state legislature passed temporary budget bills to keep state government afloat. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to sanction China for currency manipulation. These stories and more on the podcast.
Oswego, NY – Criminals using computers cause as much as $300 billion in business losses each year. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand thinks they are also a threat to our nation's security.
"They can create havoc across many, many networks," said Gillibrand, "government networks, company networks or stock exchanges, can be easily disrupted, destroyed, corrupted or information can be stolen. Our infrastructure our electric grids can easily be hacked into and taken down."
Oswego, NY – Syracuse-area State Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli said all of the proposed state budgets would result in job loss.
Assembly Democrats have released their budget plan, calling it just a "sketch" to be worked out. They have proposed restoring cuts to education, rejecting $1 billion in taxes and fees and supporting Lieutenant Gov. Richard Ravitch's proposal for additional borrowing.
But Assemblyman Magnarelli said no matter which budget is adopted; jobs will be lost.
Oswego, NY – The state budget is due in four days, but the legislature is going to be out of town for the week because of the Easter holidays, making it unlikely to be finished on time.
Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, said a budget that is a few weeks late, likely will not do any harm. But New Yorkers could notice the effects down the road, if the budget is not approved by Memorial Day. The governor may not put enough money in a temporary budget to open the state parks for the season.