Gov. Cuomo Introduces Legislation for Tuition Increase at SUNY (NYT)
The bill would mandate tuition increases ($4,970) of 5 percent every year for the next five years. At SUNY’s research universities, it would go up as much as 8 percent annually. Gov. Cuomo says the cheap tuition has been holding back the university, which wants to attract more research and academic programs. Republicans have indicated support for the plan. Democrats say they worry it could make tuition unaffordable for low income individuals.
No One Really Liked Anthony Weiner Anyway (NYT)
Calls for Rep. Weiner’s resignation are intensifying and many say it’s because his brash and aggressive style alienated colleagues. Now that he needs their support the most, it’s not coming. Rep. Weiner’s desire to stay in office might have something to do with the positive messages he’s getting from his constituents. NYT columnist Jim Dwyer says top Democrats should trust Weiner’s constituents to decide whether they want him as a representative or not. A NY1-Marist poll shows 56 percent of them say he should not step down.
Gov. Christie: Let Private Companies Take Over Failing Schools (The Star-Ledger)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is launching an experimental program in five failing schools where private companies would manage some schools and create new ones out of dysfunctional ones.
9,800 State Workers Are Set to Be Laid Off (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Although state labor unions are continuing to negotiate with Gov. Cuomo’s administration, he plans to go ahead with layoffs scheduled for July 15th.
Contractors and Unions Negotiatians Coming to a Head (WSJ)
Union workers currently have 60 percent of the construction jobs in New York City--the lowest level in years. Contractors say they should accept more concessions or their share of the work will continue to shrink. Unions say they’ve given enough concessions.
Millionaire Maltese Didn’t Know How Rich or Hated She Was (NYT)
The Times offers up this belated obituary of Trouble, Leona Helmsley’s beloved pooch. Trouble died in December, but the news only came out yesterday. Trouble was a symbol of everything everyone hated about her owner: her excess and her selfishness. Helmsley left $12 million (later decreased to $2 million by a judge) to the dog, but nothing to two of her grandsons.
Microstamping Saves Lives (NY Daily News)
In a Be Our Guest column, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman argue that state senators need to put their support behind a measure to microstamp spent bullet casings. The two politicians encourage readers to call their legislators and ask: “Do you support passage of "microstamping" legislation that would help the police capture criminals who use guns to menace society and murder innocent people?”
Editorial: Quinn Gets Real (NY Daily News)
Christine Quinn met with the editorial board of the News and said the city's budget for the coming fiscal year is still are out of balance to the tune of $700 million, meaning there need to be significant cuts.