Karen DeWitt

NYS Public Radio/WXXI

Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

NYS Budget Winners and Losers

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo gave up some items in the newly announced state budget deal, but so did the State Legislature.


State Budget Process Nearing End

Monday, March 26, 2012

New York lawmakers are very optimistic about getting a budget done on time again this year. They say 99 percent of the state’s spending plan has been closed down, and they will pass bills before the end of the week.


Union Suspends Endorsements, Contributions Over Cuomo Pension Plan

Monday, March 19, 2012

Legislators are suffering a backlash from those last two votes from the state’s largest public employee union, which said it is suspending all political endorsements and campaign co...


Pataki Denounces Democrats in Partisan Speech

Friday, March 16, 2012

Former Governor George Pataki was the keynote speaker at the GOP convention in Rochester. Pataki gave a fiery speech against President Barack Obama, and sais this year’s election is a fight for the very “soul” of the nation.

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A Little Ugly in Albany

Friday, March 16, 2012

Karen DeWitt, Capitol bureau chief for New York State Public Radio and Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief of The Daily News, wrap up the flurry of legislation in Albany. 

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Pension Reform Causes Unions to See Red

Thursday, March 15, 2012

An overnight session in the state legislature where pension reform and other items were approved has left public worker unions, and even some lawmakers, fuming. Meanwhile Governor Andrew Cuomo says it had to be done that way.

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Redistricting Amendment Scrutinized

Friday, March 09, 2012

Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo are working on a constitutional amendment to reform redistricting in New York. But critics say in its present form, the proposal will not accomplish that.

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Down to the Wire on Redistricting

Thursday, March 08, 2012

It’s coming down to the wire on redistricting in New York. A federal court has already usurped a gridlocked state legislature and drawn new congressional lines. It is now on track to redraw state legislative lines, too, if the Assembly and Senate do not agree on a bill by March 15.

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Cuomo Outlines Possible Tax Changes

Monday, December 05, 2011

Talks are taking place behind the scenes on changes to New York’s tax code that could result in the wealthy paying higher taxes. Governor Cuomo, who is asking for the changes, is also proposing a gambling expansion and other initiatives which he is asking the state legislature to consider later this week.

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Albany Becomes the Latest Site of an Occupy Protest

Friday, October 21, 2011

Occupy Albany protesters gathered Friday in a park across from the State Capitol, where some expressed their dissatisfaction toward Governor Cuomo’s stance against renewing a tax on millionaires.


Panel Report on Potential Fracking Fees May Be Pushed Back

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A state advisory panel on hydrofracking in New York may not meet its initial November deadline to report on potential fees to charge gas drillers and impacts of the controversial process on the state.


Groups Call on NY to Continue Its Surcharge on Millionaires

Monday, October 17, 2011

A coalition of community groups and labor organizations, calling themselves "99 New York," gathered on the steps of City Hall on Monday to renew a campaign to extend the so-called "millionaires tax" beyond its December expiration date.


NY Union Floats New Idea to Avoid Layoffs

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Two days after one of the state’s two major worker unions rejected a contract, the Public Employees Federation President says he has “new ideas” for a contract settlement, and is anxious to meet with Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss options to avert the 3,500 lay offs ordered by the governor.

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Cuomo Says Tax Cap Will Not Hinder Irene Recovery

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the 2 percent property tax cap that became law this year will not put a damper on the recovery efforts of local governments after Tropical Storm Irene.


Officials Plan Repairs for 150 Upstate Roadways

Friday, September 02, 2011

State officials have pledged to clear and quickly repair more than 150 roads closed upstate flooded and ripped apart by Tropical Storm Irene.


Ethics Panel Out of Business in New York

Friday, August 19, 2011

The ethics panel for New York state is going out of business — at least until a new commission signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this month can get up and running.


DiNapoli Proposes Fracking Protection Fund

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is proposing a remedial fund for hydro fracking — similar to the state’s oil spill fund — to reimburse citizens if they suffer environmental damage from the gas drilling process.


Cuomo: Debt Ceiling Deal Will Be Worked Out Before Deadline

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he remains hopeful that President Barack Obama and Congress will resolve their differences over the debt ceiling, and that a default that could harm New York and other states won’t occur.

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Governor Shifts Focus to Job Creation for Cash-Strapped Regions

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state this week, announcing regional economic development councils to help boost the local economies — but he made clear that he'll be awarding the $200 million in job creation grants strictly on merit.

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State Pension Fund, Budget Would Be Jeopardized by Fed Default: DiNapoli

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

President Barack Obama and Congress do not agree on a way to increase the federal debt ceiling, the default could affect New York State in a number of ways — from a weakened state pension fund to significant gaps in the state budget, the state's comptroller warned.