Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Budget Talks Continue in Albany
Monday, March 27, 2006
N ew York, NY —
New York lawmakers will resume negotiations today on their version of a state budget. They say they expect to complete it today ahead of Friday night's midnight deadline.
Legislators and staff worked through the weekend in an effort to pass an on-time state budget for the second consecutive year. Lawmakers will spend this week voting on sections of a $112 billion proposal that's likely to include a record increase in school aid. Senior Senate and Assembly members are also expected to agree on health spending proposals, which could include substantial reforms of the Medicaid system.
Lawmakers will still need to negotiate a final budget with Governor Pataki, whose own proposal totals just over $106 billion. The governor says the Legislature wants to spend too much and set aside too little for projected budget gaps in coming years.