What Else Is In The Budget?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio visits the Bronx School of Young Leaders after-school program in January, 2014. (nycmayorsoffice/flickr)

The New York State budget allocated funds for universal pre-k, but it didn't set a figure for after-school programs. Jill Colvin, senior political reporter for the Observer, talks about what's next for Mayor de Blasio's push for middle-school after-school funding and why casino funds are involved. Plus: why the Working Families Party is calling this a "Wall Street" budget, and why teens will be more heavily penalized if they're caught texting while driving. 


Jill Colvin

Comments [7]

Tariq from Brooklyn

The sad thing about these budgets is that the same song is always sung. If there are 2 dollars extra in the budget they will be spent. We never put any money away in this state. What happens when the next downturn occurs? We never actually try to look at the money we spend to see if we are getting maximum value from it. Maybe it is because I am looking at this as a new American and actually paying attention, but it is quite frustrating. I wish, you of all people on the radio or TV Brian, would take the time to tear into this instead of glossing over it. We need to look at the results of these programs and put ore money into working ones and reduce the ones that are not successful or wasteful. Thank you.

Apr. 01 2014 11:09 AM
Tom Stanton from NYC

Your guest from The New York Observer is impossible to listen to. She speaks through her nose and sounds as if she is in first grade. Sorry but I had to tune out.

Apr. 01 2014 10:45 AM
Meg from Stamford CT

Did they just say the banks got a tax cut from State of NY????? Did I hear that correctly? Anyone? Thanks.

Apr. 01 2014 10:45 AM
RJ from prospect hts

There *was* also talk--and pushing by the Catholic Church--about a tax benefit for private elementary education, which is what I think the earlier caller was referring to

Apr. 01 2014 10:42 AM
RJ from prospect hts

WFP started as a *state* party, not a city party. In the last governors' election, WFP won 150,000 votes on its line, even when weakened by Republican attacks, so worry about its ability to maintain its ballot line status should not be a concern.

Apr. 01 2014 10:40 AM
RJ from prospect hts

1> Taking control of the $400,000,000 he won from bankers from AG Schneiderman--the governor can't bear anyone having power but himself.
2> What about the Dreamers?

Apr. 01 2014 10:32 AM
sp from nyc

Please address whether it is true, as I have heard, that everyone in the state gets a property tax rebate EXCEPT those in New York City?

Apr. 01 2014 10:24 AM

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