Mon April 7, 2014
Politics and Government

Report shows record lobbying in New York state

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A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state’s ethics commission. It finds more than $200 million was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government and policy in Albany.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics report finds $210 million was spent by lobbyists to mostly influence state and local governments. That’s nearly $1 million for each of the 213 senators and Assembly members.

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Wed October 2, 2013
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum civilian workers hit with furloughs, again

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Fort Drum is among the many arms of the federal government dealing with furloughs as a result of the government shutdown. Workers deemed non-essential were sent home midday yesterday.

A division spokeswoman said the timing is bad for the post, because because it comes on top of a nearly two-year hiring freeze that has many departments already down to bare bones staffing. And this is a busy time for Fort Drum, with multiple units preparing for imminent deployments, and others returning and going through reintegration.

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Tue July 23, 2013
Politics and Government

DiNapoli calls for changes to federal government rules for same sex couples

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is trying to use the power of the pension fund to increase equal rights for same sex married couples, and has written a letter to President Obama.

DiNapoli is asking Obama to add a “place of celebration” clause to federal government rules and regulations that define benefits for married couples. He says that way, if one member of the couple works for a federal government agency or program, same sex marriages performed in New York and other states where it is legal could be recognized in states that do not allow gay marriages.

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Wed May 1, 2013
Politics and Government

Assembly, attorney general, press for early voting

Democrats in New York's legislature are pushing for for early voting.
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The state’s attorney general and Assembly speaker have proposed an early voting system for New York that they say can improve voter participation and democracy.

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Tue April 23, 2013

Cuomo will join talks on upstate cities' fiscal problems

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Credit City of Syracuse

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signaled he will join the discussion between the mayors of upstate New York's biggest cities on how to deal with their looming fiscal struggles.

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Tue December 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Robert Freeman on the Campbell Conversations

New York State Government has long had a reputation as a secretive and guarded place.  Phrases like “three men in a room” come to mind.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with the man charged to make government more open and transparent—Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the State’s Committee on Open Government.

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Tue September 11, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Does government have a role in creating the next Willis Carrier?

Carl Schramm is the former president of the Kauffman Foundation and now a University Professor at Syracuse University.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There is a political debate going on this fall about government's role in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

It comes at a time when upstate New York continues to try and reinvent its economy. Small business incubators and accelerator programs are cropping up. The state has also made a major investment in creating a nanotech industry.

"The narrative that government is important? I don’t believe it’s true," says Carl Schramm.

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Fri February 17, 2012
Politics and Government

Campbell Debate - Increasing taxes on the wealthy

All of the panelists ready for the debate.
Post Standard

The Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University presents The Campbell Debates, a debate series on timely issues of public importance with a fresh, provocative format.

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Fri November 18, 2011
Politics and Government

Chris Mihm on The Campbell Conversations

J. Chris Mihm

Public trust in government—especially the federal government—is at a modern all-time low point.  What are the biggest challenges to a well-run government?  What are the best ideas for improving it?  Which government agencies are particularly well-run, and which not so well-run?  As the Managing Director of the Strategic Issues Team at the U.S.

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Fri November 4, 2011
Politics and Government

Jonathan Oberlander on The Campbell Conversations

If, like many Americans, you’re worried about the future of Medicare, you’ll want to listen closely to this conversation about the program and the contentious politics surrounding it.  In a very information-rich interview, nationally recognized expert and University of North Carolina professor Jonathan Oberlander breaks down the elements of Medicare, the different proposals to change it, and explains why this huge—and popular—government program has become such a political lightning rod in recent years.  He also prognosticates about different possible futures in terms of Medicare’s structure

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