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New Yorkers Pay More For Prisons Than Corrections Budget Discloses

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Yorkers are paying about 23 percent more for state prisons than the state corrections budget actually reflects, according to a new study by the Vera Institute of Justice, a criminal justice research organization.

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In Albany, Budget Battle is the Cuomo Show

Monday, March 28, 2011

If there's anything we've learned over and over again, it's that we do a terrible job on Medicaid and a terrible job on education despite spending more money than any other state in the country.

Greg David, director of the business and economics program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

New York State's Budget Woes Multiply

Friday, November 19, 2010

New York State’s already grim budget picture could be made even worse by some changes at the federal level and the new Congress. The state has at least a $10 billion structural deficit, and the current governor’s budget director predicts that some state services will have to end altogether if trends continue.

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Poll: Voters Have High Hopes for Cuomo

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Siena College poll finds that New Yorkers are hopeful that Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo can solve some of the problems that have been facing the state for years, including job losses and the state’s $9 billion dollar budget deficit.

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WNYC News

Paterson Suggests Ways to Close New Budget Deficit

Thursday, November 04, 2010

In the midst of a busy election day, more bad news about New York state's budget was overshadowed. Governor David Paterson’s budget director Robert Megna said a new $315 million budget gap has opened up midway through the fiscal year. He said it’s largely due to the continuing recession, which has created lower than expected tax collection revenues and higher spending on Medicaid and other social services due to higher unemployment rates.

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WNYC News

NYS Comptroller: Budget Built on Uncertain Foundation

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state budget is based on shaky fiscal assumptions and warns of yet another midyear deficit if corrections aren’t made. The state budget, more than three months late, is also causing some political fallout, as revealed in a new poll.

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Politics

Paterson Finds New Resolve

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Gov. David Paterson has less than six months left in office in a term that expires on December 31, and he has been making the most of his time left in power, forcing the state legislature to enact most of his budget, and vetoing out the parts he doesn’t like.

Paterson, who took over for the disgraced Eliot Spitzer in March 2008, had a rocky first two years as governor. He was plagued by scandals, and seemed to change his mind frequently, as well as his political tactics.

Lately, Paterson has been more resolute and has even pioneered new powers for a New York governor.

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Paterson Delivers 6,681 Vetoes, Representing $525M in Cuts

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Gov. David Paterson delivered 6,681 veto messages to the legislature on Wednesday, slashing over $500 million in spending out of the state budget.

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Paterson Practices His Penmanship with Vetoes; He’s Not Talking to Legislature 'Ever'

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Gov. David Paterson has started the lengthy process of vetoing the nearly 6,900 line items that the legislature added to their budget bills and has told them, in no uncertain terms, that he’s done negotiating.

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Albany Update: What's Going On?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The sky was supposed to fall. Chaos was supposed to reign. And somehow, Albany failed to deliver even that.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany: Whose Budget?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Liz Benjamin, host of "Capital Tonight," blogger, and Daily News columnist, gives an update on the latest in the budget battles.

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Politics

NY Legislature Rejects Governor's Bills in Special Session, Sets Up Monday Showdown Vote

Monday, June 28, 2010

Governor Paterson forced state lawmakers to come to the Capitol for a rare Sunday evening special session, but he could not make them vote on his budget proposals to end a nearly three-month stand off. Lawmakers say they will vote on their own budget plan today, and the governor says he will veto any changes to his plan.

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Attorney General Hopefuls Spar Over Pension, Budget In First Candidate Forum

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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For the first time since the New York State Democratic Party convention, all five Democrats hoping to replace Attorney General Cuomo faced off yesterday. At a candidate forum hosted by City Hall News, each member of the crowded field eagerly tried to pop out of the pack by stressing their version of how best to restore voter confidence in government.

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Republicans Claim Albany Shut Down Today Unlikely

Monday, June 14, 2010

Republican senators say government will not be shut down when the state’s temporary budget extenders expire later today, and indicate that they will provide enough votes to help Democrats keep things running.

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WQXR News

High Schools to Lay off Parent Coordinators

Monday, May 24, 2010

New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is telling high school principals they can lay off their parent coordinators next fall, if that helps them keep a teacher or after school program.

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