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This Week in Politics: End of Session and Budget Deadlines

Saturday, June 23, 2012

On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch New Yorkers.

Albany Wraps Up its Legislative Session

Albany closed the books on another legislative session in a fairly orderly fashion this year. They passed several bills, including a landmark bill that protects the state’s special needs population from abuse and an agreement to limit public disclosure of teacher evaluations.

But several key pieces of legislation got left behind, including a bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and a bill that would increase the minimum wage.

Budget Deadlines Loom for NJ, NYC

As Governor Chris Christie hit his 85th Town Hall this week to tout his budget proposal, Democratic lawmakers in Trenton were crafting their versions of the budget. Democrats are somewhat fractured on the budget, which may provide Christie with an opening. But Christie’s budget has some problems as well, namely revenue projections aren’t going as planned.

Across the river in NYC, budget negotiations are ongoing between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council. But there concerns about revenue projections in the city as well, this time around revenue from medallion sales. The auctions have been put off due to a lawsuit, leaving many wondering if the billion dollars in the budget projected from the sale will turn out to be a fiscal unicorn.

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