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Senator Angus King Urges Capitol Hill to Come Together

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans are struggling to find common ground over the budget, NSA revelations, and the Affordable Care Act. But Angus King, an Independent Senator from Maine, is trying to heal the breach by taking the middle road in partisan battles. Senator King joins The Takeaway to weigh in on how Congress should come together on the budget battle, NSA revelations, and the Affordable Care Act.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Winners and Losers of President's Budget

Thursday, April 11, 2013

President Obama laid out the details of his budget proposal yesterday, which includes spending cuts, tax increases, and new spending. Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor for the Guardian, offers her take on the winners and losers if this budget passes. 

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The Takeaway

Airports and Medicare Patients Impacted As Sequestration Cuts Take Hold

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Not long ago President Obama warned of the potentially devastating and deeply destructive consequences of allowing the federal government cuts known as sequestration go into effect. About one month ago he signed that order of sequestration and the immediate impact seemed, well, neither immediately devastating nor overwhelmingly painful. However, slowly we are beginning to see the consequences across the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Another Sequester Deadline?!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Both Democrats and Republicans seem to be getting more comfortable with the automatic cuts known as "sequestration," set to kick in on March 1st. But outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the cuts to the military budget would be "shameful and irresponsible." Nancy Cook, budget and tax correspondent for the National Journal, discusses the impending cuts, from social security to defense spending, and the political jockeying taking place in DC.

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WNYC News

Last Day of School for Hundreds of School Aides

Friday, October 07, 2011

Budget cuts have trickled down to the support staff in many of the city's neediest schools. About 700 school aides, parent coordinators and family workers are out of work after today. SchoolBook reporter Fernanda Santos tells WNYC Host Amy Eddings that the principals who made the cuts at their individual schools didn't know for sure workers would be out of a job because in years past money was found to save them. But that's not the case this year. Hear the full conversation.

 

 

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WNYC News

NYC Orders More Budget Cuts

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Belts are going to get even tighter. The Bloomberg administration ordered another round of spending cuts to close an anticipated budget gap.

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School Budget Cuts Result in Epic Shopping Lists For Parents

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

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As the first day of classes for public school students approaches, many parents are out shopping for school supplies. After 5 years of budget cuts in city schools, some have seen the shopping lists grow longer.

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As School Begins, Teachers Still Search for Jobs

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

New York City school teachers are to report to work on Tuesday, but there are still nearly 2,000 who are looking for new assignments while continuing to receive their paychecks. Many of these teachers were let go, or "excessed," by their principals because of budget cuts. Others worked in schools that were closed for poor performance.

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WNYC News

City Teachers Scramble for New Positions

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

More than 1,900 city teachers let go by their principals because of budget cuts are still looking for new jobs this fall — and continue to receive salaries while they're assigned to work as subs and look for permanent positions within the school system.

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WNYC News

Schools With Fewer Poor Students May See Deeper Budget Cuts

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

New York City is making it tougher for schools to receive federal aid for students in poverty because of the loss of stimulus dollars — meaning many schools will lose funds on top of the average budget cut of 2.4 percent.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

No Layoffs, But...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WNYC's education reporter Beth Fertig looks at the school budget cuts and other education news, plus principals weigh in on their budget-cutting options.

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WNYC News

Albany Budget Cuts Threaten City Seniors' Lifelines, Say Advocates

Thursday, March 03, 2011

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If Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget cuts are approved by the state legislature, about 40 percent of the city's 256 senior centers would close at the end of the fiscal year in June.

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Principals Plead With City: Don't Take Our Funds

Thursday, March 03, 2011

City principals are gnashing their teeth over the Department of Education's new rule that requires them to give back half of any unspent funds by the end of the year.

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The Takeaway

NJ State Budget Bucks National Education Spending Trends

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Across the country, states' and local governments have been getting to the difficult work of balancing their bottom lines. In New Jersey, Republican Governor Chris Christie proposed a $29.4 billion budget which, he argues, reduces state spening by 2.6 percent for the 2012 fiscal year. The governor went on to describe a "new normal" of practical taxing and thrifty spending for his state, which is currently burdened by an $11 billion deficit. The governor's new normal includes a 15 percent cut to the Dept. of Health and Senior Services, state-wide benefit reform that would increase the amount state employees pay for their health insurance and increase retirement contributions from 8 percent to 30 percent, and a $2.5 billion tax cut to businesses. It wasn't all about cuts though; Gov. Christie increased school aid by $250 million, and gave $50 million to charter schools.

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WNYC News

Budget Cuts May Place Housing Vouchers for Homeless in Peril

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget proposes eliminating funding for a certain type of housing voucher created by the Bloomberg Administration that is used by homeless families and single adults to move out of shelters and into permanent apartments. The vouchers help subsidize their rent for up to two years.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Warns More Teacher Layoffs Likely if State Cuts Aid

Friday, January 28, 2011

The city may have to cut an additional 10,000 to 15,000 teaching positions if the budget Governor Andrew Cuomo unveils next week includes deep reductions in education funds, Mayor Bloomberg warned Friday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Unfunded Mandates

Monday, January 24, 2011

Governor Cuomo wants to cut unfunded mandates so cities can cap their property taxes. Carol Kellerman, president of the Citizens Budget Commission and a member of the governor's "Mandate Relief Redesign Team," and Peter Baynes, executive director of the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), explain the issue.                                                                    

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Rut or Recovery: Government Services

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, discusses the cuts to police forces in Newark and Camden, and other cuts to government services in New Jersey and around the region.

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WNYC News

NJ Turnpike Employees No Longer Drive Toll Free

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Employees of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority will begin to pay for their commute to work after the Authority Board voted unanimously to elimate their toll-free travel.

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